If you’re like a lot of people, you enjoy a glass of wine from time to time, but you may not know much about it. Wine can be extremely interesting. In this guide, you’ll discover some frequently asked questions that pertain to red wine. By the time you’re done reading, you should feel much more educated about this enjoyable topic.
How does red wine get its color?
One of the most obvious features of any red wine is its color. You might be wondering, however, where this saturated hue comes from and why white wine doesn’t have it. Red wine can be made from a number of grapes that have red, purple, and even deep blue skins. It is the skins themselves that give red wine its color. White wines can actually be made from peeled red grapes, in some instances.
As red wine ferments and the grape skins are in constant contact with grape juice, the color seeps out, giving different sorts of red wine different hues. The final color depends upon how long the wine is allowed to ferment and the type of grape that is used. There are approximately 50 types of red wine available to today’s consumers.
What does the term “body” refer to?
Often, wine is referred to as being “light-bodied,” “medium-bodied,” or “full-bodied.” Light-bodied red wines have the fewest tannins. This generally means they are lighter on the palate than medium or heavy-bodied wines and, therefore, pair well with meals that feature strong flavors.
Medium-bodied wines, as one might expect, contain more tannins than light-bodied styles, but not as many as heavy-bodied versions. Many popular red wines, such as Merlots and Chiantis, are classified as medium-bodied. These can typically be enjoyed with just about any meal.
Heavy bodied wines, as you probably expected, contain the most tannins. Napa Valley Cabernets and Italy’s Super Tuscans are excellent examples of heavy-bodied reds. Wines in this category are generally thicker than light or medium-bodied styles and are, therefore, best paired with light meals.
What are the major varieties of red wine?
As you already learned in this guide, there are over 50 red wine varieties. Some of these, however, are more common than others. Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, Pinot Noirs, Grenaches, Shirazes, and Zinfandels are among the most popular styles. These can be purchased at restaurants, wineries, grocery stores, and even some convenience stores throughout the world.
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