Do you know the types of wine we drink, what tastes are like, where they are coming from and what food will be the best pair for? Here is a general knowledge for ‘Red Wine’ to explain our customers what kind of wine we are serving them if they ask you to explain more.
Based on the types of grape variety and location, the flavor and color can be different. This will help you to gain general knowledge of varietal descriptions, flavors, and pairing the wines with food.
Types of red wine grapes:
1. Syrah/Shiraz This grape variety is mostly used to produce powerfully intense flavored, and darkest red colored wine. Districts: Exceled in France’s Rhône Valley, California and Australia. Flavors: chocolate, expresso, black pepper, blackberries, leather and spices Food Pairing: meat especially steak, beef, stews, etc.
2. Merlot is one the most important grape varieties in the Bordeaux blend. It is the softness and the smooth tannis combined with fruitiness. Merlot grape varieties ripen very early. Districts: Grown in all wine producing countries. Flavors: black cherries, figs, tobacco, blueberries, strawberries, and herbal taste Food Pairing: any will do.
3. Cabernet sauvignon is widely accepted as one of the best varieties around the world. It is often blended with cabernet franc and merlot. District: cultivated in nearly every major wine producing country. Flavors: pepper, mint, eucalyptus, chocolate, black current, tobacoco (taste may differ based on the growing region) Food Pairing: best with simply prepared red meat.
4. Pinot noir is one of the noblest red wine grapes and one of the grape varieties used for champagne production. It is difficult to grow, rarely blended with roughness. District: Grown in Burgundy region, France Flavors: strawberries, dried plums, almonds, brambles and raspberries. Food Pairing: perfect with grilled salmon, chicken, lamb and Japanese dishes.