- May 24, 2019
Whether it’s real or just a marketing gimmick that’s driving more people to drink red wine, no one can say for sure. But all that aside, maybe it’s just that everyone wants to sip good ol’ red wine. Whatever the reason, first-time wine drinkers could have a hard time choosing which type of red wine they should start with. This is unsurprising considering how diverse red wines are.
For a newcomer, crowd-pleasers are the best wines to start. These crowd-pleasers have full fruit forward, less sting, and a smooth feel to the throat. Four red wines, in particular, fall under this category.
The expectation on this wine should be for you to expect a wine that is full flavoured, plump and juicy. The tannins in Merlot should be soft (tannins can be firm and grippy at the back of the mouth) and the wine should provide a good mouthfeel throughout the sipping experience.
(2) Pinot Noir
Although finding good Pinot can sometimes come at a cost when you find a good one, it is well worth the effort. Pinot Noir is a lighter style of red wine and, generally speaking, has fewer tannins and an alluring, elegant mouthfeel. Pinot noir can often be a misinterpreted as not being as full flavoured and punchy as some of the other styles of red wine like Shiraz and Cabernet.
The weight of the wine can be driven by alcohol, and as Pinot Noir tends to be a little lighter on the alcohol side of things the wine can feel like it lacks something. However, what it lacks in weight it makes up in complexity, and this makes for a great red wine to start on.
(3) Cabernet Merlot (blend)
There is no doubting that Cabernet Sauvignon as a variety is world class and world renowned for being a great style of wine. A distinct characteristic of Cabernet can often be the tannins which again are that dry, firmness you can often feel toward the back of the pallet when drinking the wine.
To alter this, blending Cabernet with Merlot has become a common practice. You get the full richness of Cabernet and the soften that finish with the plump juiciness of the Merlot and you have a delightful glass of wine in your hand. The best example of this wine can be found in Western Australia!
The lightest of the red wines and certainly one of the fastest growing style is that of Rosé. Now rosé can be made with any red wine variety. The colour extraction for Rosé is delivered through minimal skin contact throughout the winemaking process, and this can be anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. Popular styles of Rosé are those being made with Pinot Noir, Grencahé and other medium-bodied red wine varieties.
The beauty of Rosé is its versatility! You can pair it with an array of foods and also serve it at varying temperatures to fully explore this style of wine. It is easy to drink, and it is a style of wine that has good acidity, which makes for a clean, refreshing style of wine.
Starting on the red wine with any of these varieties and styles above will be a great starting point. The wonderful world of wine is always to be exploring different styles, varieties and from various brands too.
When people say they don’t like red wine, we always mention that you just have found one that you do like, keep practising.
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