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Classifications of Red Wine - Learn Before You Taste

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2008-11-08 08:06:25     
Article by Ian Pennington

If you're a lover of red wine, but you don't know how it's made, or what varieties there are, then this would be a good time to read up on it. There are certain wines that go best with certain foods, and in order to really enjoy your wine, it would be beneficial to gain some knowledge as to the classifications of red wine.

It is actually the grape skin that gives red wine it's color. Red wine is made from either red or black grapes, with the skin left intact during the fermentation process called maceration. The longer the skin is left on the grape, the deeper red it will result in. Rose wine is a pink colored wine, because the skin is only left on the grape for a short period of time.

Red wine may be sweet, dry or fruity. The dry wines have very little residual sugar, whereas the sweeter red wines have a sweeter taste, and are considered dessert wines. The following wine list can help you determine which wine goes best with your meal, and is one method of classifying your wine:

Merlot: This red wine tastes rather like black cherries or plums. It goes well with pasta dishes served with red sauce, lamb or prime rib.

Cabernet Sauvignon: This red wine tastes like black current or chocolate. It goes well with beef dishes, such as stroganoff or steak, or with pasta with red meat sauces, and also with duck or salmon.

Pinot Noir: This red wine has a raspberry, cherry or strawberry taste on your palate. It goes well with pork, turkey and soft cheeses such as brie or camembert.

Shiraz/Syrah: These wines taste like blackberry or licorice. They go well with tenderloins, onion soup, or BBQ ribs and roasts.

Now that you know the best menu choices for your red wine, let's take a look at the other classifications of red wine. One way to classify wine is by taste. Each wine leaves a primary impression on the taster's palate. Depending on the variety of the grape used, there will be a different aroma and taste of different compounds for each type of wine.

Another way to classify red wine is by their price. Vintage wines determined by the year in which they were harvested, will determine the wine's worth. Some wines improve with age, and the older they are, the higher in price they are. Other wines spoil when they are stored for too long. Basically, when shopping for wine, you get what you pay for.

The last way to determine classifications of red wine is by each unique style, such as dessert wines, fortified wines, fruit wines, rose wines and sparkling wines. Each method of wine making differs from the rest, and each offers a lovely bouquet, or aroma, and is pleasing to the palate.

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