Types of Red Wine

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You will be happy to learn that there are many different types of red wine - if you are interested in red wines, of course. Some of the more popular of the type of wine includes Merlot, Shiraz, Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon.



Wine lovers choose to drink various red wines with different meals. This is called food and wine pairings, in order to properly decide which wine goes best with your food; you will need to know the attributes of the different red wines.

Different types of red wine


Of the red wine group, there are actually 8 popular red wine types that people can choose from, each bringing its own attributes to the table.

  • Barbera- This is a delicious Italian red wine that has a fruity flavor such as blackberries, black cherries, blueberry and raspberry. This wine tastes delicious when it’s being paired with red meats.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon- This wine is by far the most popular of all the types of red wine, it has a full body taste and can be blended to create a delicious varietal wine. It is best served with steak but also goes well with chicken, veal, fish and pork.

  • Malbec- This is a dark thick wine that is blended with 3 other varieties. It goes good with red meat.

  • Merlot- Another of the more popular types of red wine, is lighter than most of the stronger tasting red wines and has less tannic as will. Merlot can be paired with any food; however it is really delicious with beef lamb, mushrooms, warmly spiced meat, and foods cooked out on the grill. Because there are some merlots that have a taste of olives, they go particularly well with black olives.

  • Pinot Noir Wine- This wine is a sensual red wine that tastes or dark red fruity and warm spices. It matches well with more spicy foods such as a very strong duck, lamb or venison. It tastes great with foods made with the warm spices such as ginger, cloves, cinnamon and cumin.

    It is a real treat when served with real spicy Mediterranean and Asian cuisine and it is a great match for many types of cheeses.

    (Please refer to my special article: What type of wine is Pinot Noir?)


Red wine bottles


  • Sangiovese- This is another Italian wine which has a fresh fruity taste. This type if red wine goes particularly well with lasagna, spaghetti and any other dish served with red tomato sauce. It is also best served Luke-warm with your meals.

  • Shiraz Wine or Syrah- these are names describing wine made by the same king if wine grape. These types of wines are known for their spicy flavors, they match up with spicy foods such as Mexican foods and Indian foods. These are best served warm or at least room temperature.

  • Red Zinfandel- this is the most popular type of red wine in America with a spicy fruity flavor. It goes particularly well with fun foods such as pizza, and hamburger. It even tastes good with tomato sauces. Because zinfandels are so light some people may drink it with just about any meal type.
If you are trying to decide in the best red wines to match the food you plan to serve, knowing a little about which ones work the best is helpful. These wine pairings will give you some basic quick lines to enhancing your meal with different types of red wines.


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