How well do you know your red wines? Here’s some info to keep you in the tread with that knowledge of red.

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Regions: France, California, Washington State, Australia
  • Flavors: Bell pepper, Green Olives, Black Cherry
  • Aromas: Blackberry, Cedar, Chocolate, Tobacco, Herb
  • Fun Fact: There is such a thing as Cabernet Day! It’s every August on the Thursday before Labor Day (because I need another excuse to get my cab on).

Malbec

  • Regions: Most common in Argentina, but also in France
  • Flavors: Sour Cherry, Spice
  • Aromas: Herb, Flowers, Mocha, Black Pepper, Leather, Cocoa
  • Fun Fact: A great tell on a Malbec is a magenta-tinted rim.

Pinot Noir

  • Regions: France, California, Oregon
  • Flavors: Cherry, Strawberry, Plum
  • Aromas: Red berries, Tea-leaf, Leather
  • Fun Fact: Pinot Noir is known as the “heartbreak” grape because of its thin skin and susceptibility to vineyard disasters. Pinot, breaking hearts since the 1st century.

Merlot

  • Regions: France
  • Flavors: Strawberry, Black Cherry, Herb
  • Aromas: Plum, Vanilla, Clove
  • Fun Fact: Merlot gets its name from the French word for ‘little blackbird,’ for its dark color. My name means “Son of a Fair Man,” which isn’t quite as cute.

Syrah/Shiraz

  • Regions: France, Australia, Washington State, California
  • Flavors: Blackberry, Boysenberry, Plum, Pepper
  • Aromas: Licorice, Bacon, Rosemary
  • Fun Fact: Syrah and Shiraz are made from the same grape! They keep each other grape company (too much?)

Zinfandel

  • Regions: California
  • Flavors: Dark Cherry, Strawberry, Black Currant, Orange Peel
  • Aromas: Cinnamon, Thyme, Vanilla
  • Fun Fact: A Zinfandel grape LOVES the sun (me too, girl), as it causes it to become extra ripe with rising alcohol levels.

 

 

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Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.

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