When it comes to red wine there are a few things that everyone should know, one of those things is selecting the appropriate bottle of wine for the occasion in question. There is a lot to learn about selecting the best red wine, there are many underlying depths of knowledge which require personal interest and exploration.
Here are a few recommendations of the best red wines and what to pair them with:
1. Cabernet Sauvignon
One of the most popular red wine varietals originated in the seventeenth century, in Bordeaux, France and it is the Cabernet Sauvignon. This popular red wine can now be easily found worldwide in every major wine producing country such as the United States, Canada, Chile, Australia and of course Italy.
Due to the bold flavors of aged Cabernet Sauvignon it is best paired with red meat dishes such as lamb or steak, dishes which are heavy in cream as well as desserts with dark chocolate. Lighter Cabernet Sauvignons can be paired with light cheeses, veal, pork, pasta, and poultry.
One of the most popular red wines on the market is made of a dark skinned grape called Syrah, this dependable and steady wine is known as Shiraz and is a public favorite. The Shiraz is from France where it is labeled a Syrah wine, the full bodied and robust flavors however remain the same regardless of what it is called.
The best pairing for this full bodied red wine would be full bodied cheeses as well as red or game meats. This is the perfect pairing for a meal that includes a big steak and a fully stuffed potato.
As far as popularity is concerned, the Merlot is a bit new to the game, this Californian varietal made its entrance late in the seventies and not until the late 1980s did it begin to become a big seller. Nowadays this very flexible wine has not only become very popular bit also known as one of the best red wine options on the market.
Merlot is a medium bodied wine that pairs well with hearty and earthy dishes. If lighter dishes, for example fish are paired with a Merlot the flavors could clash unpleasantly. Medium light foods such as Italian sausages, duck with a fruity sauce, tuna, salmon, veal, roast lamb, lentils, various bean dishes, vegetables, semi-hard cheeses such as Cheddar and Gouda as well as cheese dips.
Originating in the French Bordeaux region Malbec is grown as the most popular red grape variety in Argentina, it is also very popular and available in Australia, Chile and regions of California that are cooler. This well colored variety has nuances of berries, plums and spice.
The fruity flavors of the Malbec pair well with foie gras and all types meat based meals from beef, veal, roasts etc. Cajun, Mexican and Italian cuisines also go very well with this popular red wine.
These are just four of the best red wines available, when it comes t red wine, it is all about exploring, tasting and finding out which option suits the person and occasions the best. One thing’s for certain, there are definitely many great red wines to choose from.