Get to know the most important red grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most famous and most widely recognized red wine grape. It is a natural cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc and it is grown in nearly every major wine-producing region on the globe.
Merlot and its half-sibling Cabernet Sauvignon are closely related and have a lot in common terms of their flavor and aroma profiles. They make great compliments for each other and blending wines made from the two grapes produce an extraordinarily rich and complex wine.
Obviously, Pinot Noir is the most popular light-bodied red wine. Moreover, the dominant red wine grape variety of Burgundy is the most romanticized red wine in the world.
Originally Malbecs come from France, they were grown in the western part of the counrty around Bordeaux, usually used as a blending grapes with high-end Bordeaux wines.
As an early ripener, Cab Fran is ready to harvest a full week or two before Cabernet Sauvignon usually is. It used mostly as a blending grape because of its great herbal and floral notes as well as its acidity.
Shiraz / Syrah
If you love that beautiful floral note then it’s a Syrah. But if you like that big, chunky, meaty style of red wine then a Shiraz is your go-to.