Red wine is an alcoholic beverage drawn from red grape varietals. The grapes are harvested at the best possible time to make excellent wines. They’re crushed to extract the juice from the pulp and tannins from the skin, which gives wines a classic red color. This solution is fermented to turn the sugars into alcohol before being stored for aging.
Health Benefits of Red Wine
Extensive studies have shown that moderate wine consumption can help people avoid severe diseases and even live longer. Red wines have high levels of Resveratrol, which can help protect you against cancer, improve heart health, and also help prevent vision loss.
The drink can help increase the Omega-3 fatty acid levels in red blood cells. It reduces cardiometabolic risk in people with Type-2 diabetes, promotes healthy blood vessels and helps maintain proper blood pressure levels.
Ideal Foods to Pair With Red Wine
Red wine is generally paired with rich foods because of its big, bold flavors. The wine can help break down the fats in the meal and add some freshness to your palate. Here’s a brief look at the different foods you can have with different kinds of red wines:
- Dark leafy greens and delicious salads are perfect with light-bodied reds. The fruity flavor cuts the acidity from the greens while enhancing the overall flavor. Stick with sweeter reds for light salads and more savory reds for heavy salads with some fish, meat, or cheese in it.
- Red meat and oily food work best with bold and robust reds. These wines have an intense tannin flavor that coats the roof of your mouth. Light food items will quickly become overwhelmed by the strength of bold, full-bodied red wines. Salmon, rare beef, venison, lamb, etc., work well with bold reds. If you’re a vegan, try rich stews, mushroom-based dishes, or tomato-based dishes with full-bodied reds.
It is a good idea to check which food pairs well with a specific type of wine. For example, the classic Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with roast lamb and beef. Malbec is perfect with grilled steak while Merlot works well with roast chicken or duck.
Types of Red Wine
- Pinot Noir
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
There are some rare reds and lesser-known varietals, but the ones mentioned above are well-known and appreciated by most wine enthusiasts.
Best Selling Red Wines
The quality and flavor of red wines differ from one manufacturer to another. Most brands keep their winemaking techniques a secret, especially old producers that have been around for hundreds of years. Here’s are some of the best selling red wines:
- Olema Cabernet Sauvignon
- Chateau Garraud Lalande de Pomerol Bourdeaux
- Samuel Robert Winery Pinot Noir
- Mascota Vineyards La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon
- Barrelhouse Bourbon Red Wine
- Finca Flichman Malbec Tupungato
- Iter Pinot Noir California
The best selling red wines change every year as new vintages are released into the market. It is a good idea to sample some or ask an expert for their opinion on a particular wine before buying larger quantities of it.■
Article Revision: 1.0 - May 30, 2019
Article Revision: 1.1 - April 25, 2021