A Comprehensive List Of Red Wines

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This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of red wines. Instead this post will discuss the four popular red wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Merlot. Also, this isn’t a post about how to choose a red, this is a post about its history, flavors and wine
Cabernet Sauvignon
The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is a small thick skinned blue-purple grape with lots of seeds in proportion to its size(A-150). There are two main reasons that Cabernet Sauvignon continues to thrill our palates and table is its ability to adapt to soil and climate and its ability to resist plant viruses and diseases (B-38). Two significant sites for Cabernet Sauvignon are Bordeaux, France and Napa Valley, California (A-152). In France, the ancient gravel of Bordeaux holds heat which allows the vines to stay warm while at the same time preventing the vine from truly thriving. It is the barely surviving that makes the flavor so intense and produces the highly sought after fruit (A-152). In California’s Napa Valley it is the ability of the rocky and volcanic soil of the alluvial (fan??) to hold water and nutrients, which creates the signature flavor (A-153). When it comes to bottling the Cabernet Sauvignon is rarely bottled alone. In Bordeaux it is usually part of a team of red grapes that includes either Merlot and Cabernet Franc, or Malbec, or and Petit Verdot(A-140). But as long as 75% of the wine is Cabernet Sauvignon the label doesn’t have to list the additional wines(A-141). Then the…

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