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Different Types Of Red Wine To Try For National Red Wine Day

Red wine lovers: August 28th is National Red Wine Day. There are many different types of red wine made around the world. With more than a thousand varieties of wine grapes grown, that’s no surprise.

Today, we’ll highlight all of the red wines widely available in the U.S. and give you some “food homework”: Try a varietal** you’ve never had before.

Varietal refers to the type of grape used in making wine. Examples of familiar varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay*, Merlot, Pinot Grigio*, and Zinfandel.

In much of the world, wines are sold by their varietal names.

In France and some other countries, the wines are known by their place names. Thus:

  • In the Burgundy region of France, the Pinot Noir grape is used to make the wine, but the wine is known as Red Burgundy.
  • In the Bordeaux region of France, the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes are the primary grapes used to make the wine, but the wine is known as Bordeaux.
  • In the Rioja region of Spain, the wine is called Rioja but the grape is Tempranillo (among others).
  • Barolo is a commune in the Piedmont region of Italy. The wine is called Barolo, but the grape is Nebbiolo.
    There are many more red wine holidays below.

    We start with some red wine varietals that you’ll find in stores labeled with their varietal names. These grapes are grown worldwide, but we’ve included the county of origin.

  • Barbera – Northern Italy
  • Cabernet Franc – France
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – France
  • Carménère – France
  • Grenache/Garnacha – Eastern Spain / Southern France
  • Malbec – France
  • Merlot – France
  • Montepulciano – Italy
  • Nebbiolo – Italy
  • Pinot Noir – France
  • Sangiovese – Italy
  • Syrah/Shiraz – France
  • Zinfandel – Croatia

    In addition to purchasing varietal wines, you can purchase wines made with those same grapes that are labeled by their place of origin. These places are regions or smaller communes that have strict regulations as to what grapes can be used, the growing locales of those grapes, and how the wine is made.

    Examples include:

  • Amarone della Valpolicella – Italy – Corvina and Rondinella Grapes
  • Barolo and Barbaresco – Italy – Nebbiolo Grape
  • Beaujolais – France – Grenache Grape
  • Bordeaux – France – a blend that can include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and very occasionally, Carménère, Grapes
  • Brunello di Montalcino – Italy – Sangiovese Grape
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France – Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah Grapes
  • Chianti – Italy – Sangiovese Grape
  • Côtes du Rhône – France – Grenache plus Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Syrah Grapes
  • Côte-Rôtie – France – Syrah and Viognier Grapes
  • Hermitage – France – Syrah Grape
  • Lambrusco – Italy – Maestri, Marani, Montericco, and Salamino plus a smaller amount of Ancellotta Grapes
  • Meritage – California – must contain at least two Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot Grapes
  • Priorat – Spain – Garnacha Grape
  • Red Burgundy – France – Pinot Noir Grape
  • Rioja – Spain – Tempranillo Grape
  • Super Tuscan† – Italy – French grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in addition to the Sangiovese Grape of Tuscany
  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – Italy – Sangiovese Grape

    Also try a sweet red wine, if you don’t already drink them. They can be made from any grapes, and are delicious with cheese, as dessert wines or after-dinner wines.

    These three are fortified wines, meaning that the wine has a distilled spirit, usually, brandy, added to it.

    The purpose of adding the spirit is to increase its alcohol content and preserve its longevity.

  • Madeira – Madeira, a Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco (photo #6)
  • Marsala – Sicily
  • Port – Portugal (photo #5)
    Red vermouth, also called sweet vermouth, is also a fortified red wine.

    Sweet vermouth is mostly used for cocktails, pairing well with Bourbon, Dark Rum, Rye, and Scotch. Classic cocktails that use sweet vermouth include the Manhattan, Negroni, and Rob Roy.

    While sweet vermouth can be sipped straight, it’s often too sweet for most people.

    You have your food homework assignment. Ready, set, go!


  • February 16th: International Syrah Day
  • March 3rd: National Nebbiolo Day?
  • April 17th: Malbec World Day / National Malbec Day
  • June 21st: World Lambrusco Day
  • July, Fourth Thursday: National Shiraz Day
  • July 25th: National Wine and Cheese Day
  • August 18th: National Pinot Noir Day
  • August 28: National Red Wine Day
  • August 29th: National Cabernet Sauvignon Day
  • August, Last Thursday Before Labor Day: International Cabernet Day
  • September 10th: International Port Wine Day
  • September, 3rd Friday: International Grenache Day
  • October 8th: International Pinotage Day
  • October, Last Thursday: Carignan Day
  • November 7th: International Merlot Day
  • November, 2nd Thursday: International Tempranillo Day
  • November, Third Thursday: Beaujolais Nouveau Day
  • November 24th: International Carménère Day
  • November 27th: National Zinfandel Day
  • December 4th: National Cabernet Franc Day
  • December 5th: Prohibition Repeal Day
  • December 16th: National Pinot Meunier Day
  • December 20th: Sangria Day

    Beaujolais Glasses
    [1] Beaujolais, made from the Gamay grape, is one of the lightest of the red wines. Here it’s seen in a glass that’s specially crafted to show off its flavors and aromas (photo © Schott Zwiesel).

    A specially shaped glass to enhance the flavors and aromas of Pinot Noir wine.
    [2] Pinot Noir in a glass designed to enhance its flavors and aromas (photo © Crate & Barrel).

    Chocolate & Red Wine
    [3] Zinfandel with chocolate truffles (photo © Stella Rosa Wines).

    [4] Cabernet Sauvignon with blue cheese, figs, walnuts, and grapes (photo © Alex9500 | Panther Media).

    Bottle Of Taylor Tawny Port 20 Years, With Glasses Of port
    [5] Taylor Tawny Port 20 Years, delicious with cheese, dessert, or an after-dinner wine (photo © Taylor Fladgate).

    Blandy's Malmsey 15 Years Old Bottle & Glass
    [6] Serve Madeira wine with nibbles such as olives, with salads tossed with a tangy dressing, with sushi or smoked salmon, with sheep’s and goat’s milk cheeses, and with desserts such as apple tarts and other fruity pastries (photo © Blandy’s Madeira Wine | Facebook)


    *These are white wine grapes.

    **A varietal wine is a wine made primarily from a single, named grape variety, and that typically displays the name of the variety on the wine label. There are numerous varietal wines, but examples of some of the most popular include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot.

    Super Tuscans and Chiantis are both types of red wine made in Tuscany. The difference between a Super Tuscan wine and Chianti is D.O.C. status. For a wine to be labeled as Chianti D.O.C., it must be made from at least 80% Sangiovese grapes that are grown in one of the approved Chianti areas that lay between the cities of Florence, Sienna, and Arezzo.

    Super Tuscans don’t follow the strict rules of the Chianti appellation. They can be made entirely from Sangiovese or can include or be made entirely from French grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah.

    Super Tuscans are labeled I.G.T. (Indicazione Geografica Tipica), a designation that was created in 2013 that indicates a lower quality level. This does not mean, however, that Super Tuscans are cheaper than Chiantis. Quite the opposite is true: even the best Chiantis do not usually reach the high prices commanded by the top Super Tuscans. Toscana I.G.T. simply refers to wines not covered by the various D.O.C., D.O.C.G., or other designations in the region of Tuscany. Here’s more about them.




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