Best Red Wine
It’s true, wine is an acquired taste and everyone’s taste is different. On top of this fact, wine gives off hundreds of aroma compounds that deliver hundreds of unique smells: from cherry sauce to old saddle leather. So what are the best red wines to start your adventure into wine? The following wines are great to use as benchmarks for basic understanding. With over 1300 types of wine grapes, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Best Red Wine
Randall Grahm is a winemaker who continues to impress. His move to close all of his wines with screwcap might be seen by some people as cheapening the wines, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This is a serious, age-worthy red wine that showcases why Randall is one of this country’s best winemakers. A Rhone-style red blend, the wine is deep and dark with the Syrah playing the dominant role. Flavors of dark berries marry with leather to create a delicious wine.
Best Red Wine
This wine is truly mind-blowing, and a prime example that Brunello is not the only Tuscan DOCG producing outstanding Sangiovese. In fact, this wine has us wondering whether Montepulciano might be the best place in Tuscany for the grape’s cultivation. Made by a boutique family producer, this wine is a beautiful balance of fruit and earth, with bright cherries equalized by tobacco and leather. What we find truly amazing about this wine is that it is not only drinking beautifully now, but it’s also a bottle that could be saved for years and it will only get better.
Best Red Wine
Good Rioja is one of the greatest bangs for your buck in the wine world. This reserva from one of the region’s top producers doesn’t disappoint. The wine pours a beautiful ruby color with aromas of red cherries, vanilla, and leather. There are flavors of dark red fruit, with nice acidity and balanced tannins.
Best Red Wine
Shiraz will help you understand what a full-bodied wine is all about. A few producers of Shiraz in Australia have moved towards a lighter style, but if you get a truly inky Shiraz, say from McLaren Vale or Barossa Valley, you’ll notice how boldly flavored a wine can get. Of course, there is a lot going on with the grapes and winemaking to create a wine this bold including heightened glycerol and sometimes just a touch of residual sugar. Australia is one of the few regions that consistently produces super-charged single-variety wines. When you taste one, focus on the profile and texture in your mouth.
Best Red Wine
There’s no better wine for a cold or rainy night than Graham’s 10 Year Tawny Port. The wine is a blend of both older and younger wines, with an average age of 10 years. Older wines bring complex, layered flavors of caramel to the blend, while the younger wines bring bright fruit and zesty acidity to the mix. The result is a copper-colored wine full of nutty caramel flavors, rich and gentle on the palate, with a lasting finish.
The next stop on our list of the best red wines under $20 goes back to California for another wine made from Syrah. Actually this one is only 76% Syrah with equal parts Petit Verdot and Malbec rounding it out. Ripe dark fruits, lots of violets, some cola and earthy notes and even a little bacon and tobacco all present themselves seamlessly in this super smooth wine.
Monastrell will help you understand Old World wines, especially if you compare it to Shiraz. Monastrell is an abundant variety in Spain, but it is fairly unknown in the states. It makes a deep dark full-bodied wine with very rustic notes including tar, roasted meats and tobacco smoke. Earthy flavors are the hallmark of Old World wine and Spanish Monastrell offers great values for their lush bold red wines. Great examples can be found around Yecla in Spain
Vino rosso. Vino tinto. Vin rouge. Whatever you want to call it, there’s really nothing quite like a nice bottle glass of red wine at the end of a long day. With so many grapes, vintages, and varieties to choose from, picking the right bottle might give you a wine headache before your buzz has even had a chance to settle in. To save you time and energy, we’ve compiled a list of 20 insanely delicious reds that won’t break the bank. From malbec to merlot, these options are all $30 or less.
Getty Images By Danielle St. Pierre Feb 1, 2017 Vino rosso. Vino tinto. Vin rouge. Whatever you want to call it, there’s really nothing quite like a nice bottle glass of red wine at the end of a long day. With so many grapes, vintages, and varieties to choose from, picking the right bottle might give you a wine headache before your buzz has even had a chance to settle in. To save you time and energy, we’ve compiled a list of 20 insanely delicious reds that won’t break the bank. From malbec to merlot, these options are all $30 or less.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
Getty Images By Danielle St. Pierre Feb 1, 2017 Vino rosso. Vino tinto. Vin rouge. Whatever you want to call it, there’s really nothing quite like a nice bottle glass of red wine at the end of a long day. With so many grapes, vintages, and varieties to choose from, picking the right bottle might give you a wine headache before your buzz has even had a chance to settle in. To save you time and energy, we’ve compiled a list of 20 insanely delicious reds that won’t break the bank. From malbec to merlot, these options are all $30 or less.
This Columbia Valley red blend is a stellar example of what Bordeaux blends from Washington State can do. The assemblage of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and a mere 1% Malbec creates a full-bodied yet utterly smooth wine, bursting with flavors of ripe blackberries and figs. Well-integrated tannins leave the wine feeling silky on the palate, with an ageing potential of up to 10 years.
Home our favorite things top 10 red wines Top 10 Red WinesFrom silky and smooth to big and bold,these red wines are perfect for the holidays. From silky and smooth to big and bold, these red wines are perfect for the holidays.
There are 6 red wines and most fly under the radar, but as it happens they are some of the best red wines for beginners. Learn what Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Shiraz, Carménère, Monastrell and Garnacha have in common as examples of excellent wines to start your adventure into wine.
2013 Dime Red Blend $25 BUY NOWThis red blend from Santa Barbara’s Happy Coast contains cabernet franc and merlot, and will take you to your own happy place after your first few sips. With its big personality, this wine can definitely stand up to savory grilled meats or roasted veggies.
It’s a rare occurrence to find a wine and winemaker both as exciting as Tabbarini. While Sagrantino may not be a grape that delivers immediately, once it’s aged it can be one of the greatest wines in the world. This bottle is the best example coming out of Montefalco. Ageable for decades, this is a wine that is worth purchasing and holding on to; a fantastic investment.
In the US, wineries can blend up to 25% of another grape variety into the wine. So if it says ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’, chances are it has up to 25% Merlot or others in it. This doesn’t just happen with Cab, it happens with other wines too, like Pinot Noir (Syrah to make the color and flavor richer). Wine blends taste awesome but they are not that useful if you’re trying to learn. The 6 wines mentioned above tend to be produced as 100% variety wines, which is perfect for expanding your palate.
Indigenous to northwestern Spain, the Mencia grape thrives in the granite and slate soils of Galicia, specifically in the Bierzo and Valdeorras regions. A Portela Mencia comes from high-elevation vines, all tended organically, producing a bright wine with meaty yet fruit-forward characteristics. Cold soaking prior to fermentation followed by ageing in stainless steel produces this bold yet easy drinking wine that remains authentic to the true characteristics of the Mencia grape.
This is a wine that completely changed our minds about Napa. It’s balanced, low in alcohol, and absolutely incredible with a steak. This wine illustrates why Napa became known for Cabernet in the first place.
This wine, hailing from the Venetian Lagoon, might seem pricey, but it’s well worth it. Flavors of almonds abound as this orange wine opens up and becomes something beautiful and serious at the same time.
Farella’s expression of Merlot from Coombsville is exactly what varietal wine from this appellation should be: supple, smooth, and slightly herbaceous. Soft, juicy plum fruit flavors make this wine exceptionally easy to drink.
If you ever wanted to know what wine made by the sea tastes like (trust us, you do!), this is the bottle to reach for. The wine tastes briny and refreshing, and it smells of the ocean.