Red Wines

  • Cabernet Sauvignon - smells of cassis and black currants or black cherry and red currants. Some people notice a cigar box smell. Cabernet Sauvignon contains large amounts of tannins.
  • Barbera - A major Italian variety with a "tarry" smell and medium body.
  • Cabernet Franc - Also a component of Bordeaux, a little is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add bouquet.
  • Gamay - Produces a fruity wine such as French Beaujolais.
  • Grenache - Often used to make rose wine, it is a component of French Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes du Rhone and most other appellations from the south of France. There are also many tasty grenache-based wines from Spain and California.
  • Merlot - One of the major components of most French Bordeaux, also with less tannin that makes for a smoother characteristic in the wine. This is quite popular within the United States.
  • Nebbiolo - Can be found in California but it is really a grape of the Piedmont area of Northern Italy. It is found in Barbaresco and Barolo wines which can be aged with great success.
  • Syrah - deep red colored, tannic, long lived wine. It is from the Rhone in France.
  • Pinot Noir - Lighter in color (but not flavor) than Bordeaux/Cabernet. The only grape in the famous French Red Burgundy appellations of the Cotes de Beaune.
  • Zinfandel - It has a great deal of fruit like characteristics found mostly in California. Some young zinfandels are also "spicy". This is great for a picnic wine.

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