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Red Wines

Below you will find a brief description, food pairings and wine suggestions for each of your favorite wines.

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Amarone

Recioto della Valpolicella Amarone is what happens when you first dry the grapes in order to concentrate the flavors.  It makes a big, velvety, fruity, elegant wine which has aromas of raisins and black cherry backed by some earthier or spicier notes.  It generally offers big cherry or raspberry flavors underlined by refined tannins which […]

Barbaresco

Barbaresco is an aromatic, elegant wine made from the Nebbiolo grape – the younger brother of Barolo.  These wines tend toward a bouquet of violets, smoke and rose-like perfumes with flavors of cherry, truffle, fennel and licorice.  Nebbiolo wines are the lightest, Barbaresco is moderate and Barolo is the big, full grand-daddy requiring deep appreciation […]

Barbera

Barbera can be made in a variety of styles, but is most frequently a medium-bodied red wine whose relatively high acid content gives it an almost tart, but refreshing black cherry flavor.  If you’re considering a Barbera, you may also want to check out Beaujolais.  In some ways, Beaujolais is Barbera’s counterpart from France in […]

Barolo

The Nebbiolo grape is used to make a variety of wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco.  These wines tend toward a bouquet of violet, smoke and rose-like perfumes with flavors of cherry, truffle, fennel, licorice, and tar.  Nebbiolo wines are the lightest, Barbaresco is moderate and Barolo is the big, full grand-daddy requiring deep appreciation and […]

Beaujolais

Beaujolais is a light, fruity red wine which is (usually) meant to be drunk young.  Beaujolais Nouveau is an especially light variant released to market very quickly after harvest.  Beaujolais Villages is a Beaujolais made from grapes from a single village.  Beaujolais tends to be light, refreshing, high in acid, low in tannin and have […]

Bordeaux

Bordeaux are generally based on either Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.  They tend toward flavors of black currants and cedar and may also have a tough of earth or leather.  Whereas U.S. and Aussie wines made from these same grapes tend to be ‘fruit bombs’, the French versions tend to be more austere, dusty, and focus […]

Brunello di Montalcino

This is a big wine made for long aging and thoughtful drinking.  Brunellos tend to offer aromas of berries or plum with some truffles or earth.  Their taste generally contain plums, vanilla, cedar, earth and licorice.  They have velvety tannins balanced by some acidity.  These are big wines which are generally enjoyed with a meal. […]

Burgundy (Red)

Red Burgundy is a medium-bodied, elegant wine with aromas and flavors of raspberries, strawberries, or occasional black cherries.  It offers light, subtle tannins and acidity for balance.  Red Burgundy’s often include earthy or barnyardy notes of their terroir.  Contrast it to its bigger, heavier cousins from Bordeaux. Enjoy Red Burgundy With: This is a good […]

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet makes a full-flavored, fruit-forward semi-tannic wine that goes well with grilled, roasted, or braised red meats.  Common flavors include black currant, chocolate, cedar, tannins (which taste like tea bag) and even pencil lead.  A good Cabernet is great for a formal dinner. Enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon With: Seafood: Cabernet is normally not paired with seafood, […]

Chateauneuf du Pape

Chateauneuf offers high alcohol, big tannins, and deep dark colors.  Not for novices, but offers much for oenophiles.  A bouquet of raspberries or cherries with Provencal herbs and perhaps some barnyard will fill the glass.  The flavor profile should be lush, with raspberry and cherry flavors backed by tannins, herbs, and perhaps some earthier or […]