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Red Wine
Red wine can be anything from light and sweet to heavy and astringent, so it’s important to know your grapes.
Cabernet Sauvignon Dark red and powerful, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are a part of the famous Bordeaux blends.
Long known as the everyday wine of the Piedmont region in Italy, Barbera is also grown in California and makes for a deliciously fruity wine that is very food-friendly. Learn More

Cabernet Sauvignon
Bordeaux is famous for Cabernet-based blends—powerful wines with ripe, dark fruit flavors—while California's and Chile’s Cabernets have become stars in their own right. Learn More

Originally from France, this grape has become the signature grape of Chile. Carménère has soft, round tannins, low acids, and flavors of herbs, blackberry, plum, smoke and sweet spice. Serve this medium-bodied wine at room temperature with baked ham, burritos, pizza or sausage.

Known as Garnacha in Spain and as Grenache elsewhere, this grape is a popular blending partner with Syrah. Learn More

Centuries ago in Bordeaux, Malbec was a dominant player in many blends. Today, this Old World grape is reborn as Argentina’s young and exciting export. Learn More

Softer than Cabernet Sauvignon, with medium tannins and acids, Merlot is a popular stand-alone varietal as well as a central blending grape in Bordeaux. Learn More

The grape responsible for the famous Italian reds of Barolo and Barbaresco. Learn More

Pinot Noir
Wines from Burgundy use this grape, but New Zealand, Oregon and California have also had great success with Pinot Noir. Learn More

Proprietary Red Blend
Blending different varieties of grapes can round out harsh notes and allow the winemaker great latitude. American wineries often call their Bordeaux-style blends “Meritage.” Learn More

Sangiovese (Chianti)
The most widely planted red grape in Italy, Sangiovese is the backbone of Chianti and the source of Italy’s famous Brunello. Learn More

Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape; they just go by different names. The French use Syrah in their Rhône reds, while Australian Shiraz has become increasingly popular. Learn More

Widely grown in California, this grape varies from fruity to full-bodied, and produces wines that range from structured reds to somewhat sweet pink wines, depending on the way it is vinified. Learn More

Other Reds
Head off the beaten track and try a different red—Gamay grapes make the young, fresh Beaujolais Nouveau, and Lambrusco is slightly fizzy. Learn More

Red grapes in sunset light.
The ancient village and vineyard of Villa a Sesta in Tuscany.
Zinfandel grapes are red, but depending on how much contact the wine has with the skin, they can produce a light rosé or a dark red wine.