There are so many types wine available today that it can get a bit tricky to choosing the right one for yourself. The problem is that there are as many varieties of red wine in the market as there are red grapes all around the globe. To learn about each of them might sound daunting but you should at least know enough to pick the one best suited for your situation. Here is a red wine 101 that will help you make the most of your next glass, cheers!
 

Malbec

Malbec

It’s a medium-full body wine meant for easy drinking.

Pronunciation: mall-bek

Origin: France, Argentina

Flavour: Dark fruity flavour with rustic smoky finish

Serving temperature: 21 degree celsius

Food pairings: Goes well with duck, chicken leg, lamb, pork shoulder, semi-firm cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses, mushroom, roasted vegetables, green and red bell pepper, potato, onions and host of other veggies

 

Merlot

Merlot

It is a soft and elegant wine. It commands highest respect in the wine world. It is the introductory drink for new red wine drinkers.

Pronunciation: mer-loh

Origin: France, Italy, United States, Australia, Chile, Argentina

Flavour: It has a supple taste with black cherry, raspberry and plum flavour.

Serving temperature: 13 degree celsius to 15 degree celsius.

Food pairings: Pairs well with chicken and other light meats as well as lightly-spiced dark meats, camembert and gouda cheese.

 

Cabernet sauvignon

Cabernet sauvignon

It is a full bodied red wine. It has all the elegance of merlot along with different aromas and flavours.

Pronunciation: ka-ber-ney soh-vee-nyawn

Origin: France, Chile, United States, Australia, Italy, South Africa, Argentina.

Flavour: Dark fruit, earthy notes, spice that fills up the palate but glides across and lingers beautifully for a long, powerful finish.

Serving temperature: 18 degree celsius.

Food pairings: Tastes best with simply prepared red meat, roasted meat, cream and butter sauces, blue cheese, aged cheddar and aged gouda.

 

Syrah & Shiraz

Syrah & Shiraz

It is darker than cabernet sauvignon and contains high amounts of health-invigorating antioxidants. It is a massively full bodied wine.

Pronunciation: see-rah and shi-rahz

Origin: France, Australia, Spain, Argentina, South Africa, United States, Italy, Chile.

Flavour: Dark fruit flavours with spicy peppery note in the aftertaste.

Serving temperature: 18 degree celsius.

Food pairings: Pairs very well with bold food like blue cheese burger, barbecue, steak, stews, lamb, beef, aged cheddar, edam, gouda.

 

Pinot noir

Pinot noir

It is the noblest and most highly prized wine in the world. It is pale in colour and translucent.

Pronunciation: pee-noh nwar

Origin: France, United States, Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa.

Flavour: It has a very subtle taste with cranberry, cherry and raspberry flavour.

Serving temperature: 10 degree celsius to 13 degree celsius.

Food pairings: It is light enough for grilled salmon and complex enough for richer meat like duck. It goes well with grilled lamb, sushi rolls, grilled poultry, grilled beef, grilled pork, mushroom, comte, cheddar, edam, gouda and port salut.