Are you diving into the wine world? If you are, it probably didn’t take you long to discover that it’s pretty big. Instead of trying to learn everything you can about wine at once, we suggest taking one type of wine at a time. This post covers the basic principles of red wine for budding wine experts. 

What is Red Wine?

Red wine is a type of wine made from the fermentation of dark-colored grapes. The color comes from the pigments present in the grape skins, which are typically red, purple, or blue. The winemaking process involves extracting the juice from the grapes and fermenting it along with the skins and seeds, which adds tannins, color, and flavor to the wine.

Types of Red Wine

Red wines can vary significantly in terms of flavor, aroma, and body. They can range from light-bodied and fruity to full-bodied and complex. Flavor profiles include notes of dark fruits like blackberry, cherry, and plum, as well as earthy, spicy, or herbal undertones. Here are some of the most popular kinds.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Zinfandel
  • Syrah

Cooking with Red Wine

Red wine pairs well with a wide range of foods, including red meats, grilled vegetables, pasta dishes, and aged cheeses. The tannins in red wine can help cut through the richness of fatty foods and enhance the overall dining experience. These are the best red wines for cooking.

Classic Red Wine Snack Pairings

Red wine is typically served at room temperature or slightly below, which allows its flavors and aromas to fully develop. Here are some pairings you can’t go wrong with.

  • Dark chocolate and caramel with Pinot Noir 
  • Pizza bagels with Zinfandel
  • Cheez-Its with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Garlic bread with Merlot

The best way to get familiar with red wine and find your favorite is to sample several varieties and try out different pairings. Visit the tasting room at Robinette’s to sample a selection of red wines. And while you’re at it, be sure to try some of our house made fruit wines and ciders! We can’t wait to hear what your favorites are.