If you are just being introduced to the world of wine, reds are a great place to start exploring. Red wines feature complex flavors ranging from highly sweet to sharply acidic, and they only get better with age. Here is a brief overview of some common red wines that you should add to your wish list:
The mellow fruitiness of merlot makes it a drinkable wine, particularly as a table wine to be served with a simple pot roast or rustic beef stew. Merlot is medium tannin, which makes it soft and non-acidic. These popular grapes are grown in regions all around the world, most notably the Bordeaux region of France. When you taste a Merlot, look for hints of berry, plum, and currant.
Pinot noir grapes have a distinct reputation among wineries because they are difficult to grow. Climate conditions that are just right for these grapes can be found in California, Oregon, and France. The flavors of the wine are complex and varied, but usually the wine is light to medium in body and light in tannins. Bright fruit flavors like raspberries are present in the undertones of this wine.
This full-bodied wine is uniquely Californian and features a strong earthy richness accompanied by flavors of jam and spice. Zinfandel is a great wine to “dress down” and serve alongside burgers and truffle oil French fries.
Be instantly transported to Australia by popping open a bottle of Shiraz, also called Syrah when grown in France or California. Australian varieties tend to be more acidic, but the wine is generally known to be high in acid and tannin, which allows it to stand up beautifully to rich dishes. There is a slightly smoky spice flavor and licorice tone in this peppery wine.
To try these and other amazing red wines, explore the selection offered by Stirling Fine Wines. Contact us on our website or call (908) 649-0084 to learn how your favorite wines can be delivered right to your doorstep.