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These 5 Wine Grapes Are Used To Make Excellent Red Wine

By Patrick Beaufort

Red grapes from many different parts of the world are used to make red wines. Red wines are famous for their richness and flavor. Depending upon the terrain of the earth that yields the grapes, the flavors of the grapes will produce wines that might vary wildly in flavor, but are all very tasty just the same. The United States, the Mediterranean regions of France, Italy and Spain, parts of South America like Chile as well as Australia are famous for producing top quality red wines. Here is a look at five of the wine grape varieties that produce some of the best red wines on the market, past and present.

Durif: This grape was developed by a French doctor, Dr. Durif in 1800s. He bred this grape along with another to produce a unique wine grape. The Durif grape is a cross of the Syrah grape, and the Pelourisn grape. When these two wine grape varieties were blended together, they formed a wine that is known as the Petit Sirah, especially in the U. S. It grows well in warmer climates, such as California. This grape was also used to produce Burgundy wines from 1950 to the 1970s.

Merlot: This grape is combined with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce the Merlot wine. It is famous for it’s soft finish and berry flavor. It’s a rich and dry wine. Merlot goes really well with rich meats, and although it’s great all year long, it goes especially well with heavy winter meals. More care needs to be taken to grow this grape as it’s not as hardy as some other grape varieties. It can easily develop mold which will destroy the vine if the proper care is not taken.

The Pinot Noir Grape: This is a challenging grape for wine production. It needs just the right conditions to thrive including the right about of sunshine in the day and a cooler temperature at night. It produces a wine that taste of cherries and strawberries. It can be consumed with along with many different types of food.

Sangiovese: This grape is native to northern Italy. It’s used for Chianti. These grapes make for smooth wines that go well with a variety of foods, such as pasta and rich Tuscan fare. These grapes are often mixed with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce even more flavor in the resulting wine.

Grignolino: This grape is native to the Italian region of Piedmont. It produces one of the wine varieties that is best enjoyed while it is young. These wines are best enjoyed with beef, and with light to medium flavored snacking meats and cheeses. You’ll rarely find this wine grape growing anywhere else in the world . This is a wine grape variety that is extremely rare to find outside of its home region.

There are many more grape varieties that produce the wine that we enjoy. Although the label might state the name of the primary grape variety that was used to produce the wine, many wine makers will mix in several grape varieties to come up with the final wine product that will be sold on the market.

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