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Red Wine

Wine made from grapes that is red.

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To sin or not to sin!

  • Sep 16, 2009
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For me, the way I drink red wine is as sinful as it gets (from the French perspective, that is!). Generally, I don't like the bitter and dry taste of wine. So, what do I do with all those bottles of red wine I bought in duty free shops? I paid a lot for it, can't have them sent to all my friends, can I?

So, what did I do with them? For my own consumption, I turned them all into Sangria!!! Now, if that's not sinful, I don't know what is! But a Danish friend of mine who's always supportive told me that everyone does things in their own way. So be it and let it be :-)  Until one day when he finds out what I do with all these wines, that is ;-)

When I was in Paris, a Parisian friend of mine told me to get those from St. Julien, St. Estephe & Pomerol. Well, there goes my Euro 75! I then gave it as a present to my dad and he told me it's good. I didn't even had a sip of it! Talk about doing a review of red wine, that's a joking matter! All I know is Bordeaux (well, I do know how to pronounce it ;-)) and Chateaux which I did visits. Beautiful region of France and a must if you do go visit.

Let's see, what else do I know?
  • I know France is number 1 country for red wine but in recent years, drinkers have been adventurous and are picking up wines from South Africa, Chile and Australia. When I was in Capetown and visited a local vineyard, I found reasonably good red and white wine. 
  • There are wines labelled as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Shiraz.
  • In 2001, 2002, 2004, wines are of excellent quality. In 2005 wine was stellar.
  • If you are a collector, vintage wine is highly desirable and age is a very important consideration.

Well, at the end of the day, I still know nothing much about red wine. But hey, I think I've drank quite a few good ones as a matter of fact. I know, I know, the world is unfair, but what can I say? Enjoy it while it lasts? ;-)
To sin or not to sin! To sin or not to sin!

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Quick Tip by . March 06, 2010
I may have wasted the many red wine I've had at home simply because I like them better as Sangria! I know, shoot me ;p Best Sangria ever ;-)
Quick Tip by . January 11, 2010
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I do love the occasional glass of red wine. Perhaps, it's the rich color, or the subtle smell of berries, but nothing else comes close. : )
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First things first, red wine is well…red, but why? It's color can be derived from a vast assortment of grape varietals ranging from grapes that are reddish, deep purple, and even a beautiful blue on the color scale. These grapes give rise to a wine that is color classified with such descriptors as garnet, almost black, dark red, light red, ruby red, opaque purple, deep violet, maroon and the list goes on. It is the grapeskins that are responsible for the red wine’s distinct color spectrum. The skins are in contact with the grape’s juice during the fermentation process, allowing the dispersion of both color and tannins. The individual wine’s particular red hue depends on the grape type used in the process and the length of time the skin’s pigmentation is in contact with juice. There are right around 50 key red wine varietals that consistently manifest themselves in today’s worldwide wine market.

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Red wines will put their best foot forward when poured into and sipped out of a wine glass with adequate room. A distinctly oval or egg-shaped bowl that narrows slightly at the top as opposed to a slender flute-like glass is necessary to enjoy a red wine to the fullest . The ideal red wine glass will accommodate between 10-22 ounces of liquid, allowing more room to swirl your wine and better surface area for allowing the wine to breathe a bit. On the serving note, keep in mind that most red wines are at their best when ...

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