A medium to full bodied wine with a deep dark inky purple color. Fruit flavors include black cherry, blueberry, plum, raspberry, blackberry, and pomengranate. Other aromas include chacolate, coffee, black pepper, and tabacco with toasty oak. Great paired with grilled beef, stews, and burgers.
One of the most popular wines in the world, Pinot Noir is a light to medium bodied wine with flavor characteristics that include cherry, plum, strawberry, and hints of nutmeg, chocolate, and vanilla. Pinot Noir pairs well with steaks, stews, salmon, tuna, and red sauced pasta. It is also one of the most recommended Thanksgiving wines because it pairs so well with turkey.
A Bottle of Red
A Bottle of Wine
There are about 40 to 50 different red wine grape varieties that the world wine market focuses on.
What differentiates red wine from white is the skin color of the grape and the amount of time the grape juice has with its skins. The inside of almost all grapes is a light, golden color but red wine gets it's color from the pigment of the skins. After picking, red grapes are soaked in barrels or tanks with their skins, absorbing pigments and other aspects of the grape skin, such as tannins. The exact color, which can range from light red to almost purple, depends on both the color of the particular grape skin and the amount of time spent on the skins.
While red grapes are soaked with the grape juice giving the juice color, white grapes are immediately pressed after picking and the juice is removed from the skins with little contact. White wine does vary in color depending on the type of grape and if wood was used. They range from lighter bodied, and lighter colored, to fuller bodied with deeper colors.
Blush has all the refreshing qualities of a white wine mixed with some characteristics of a red. It is almost always made from red grape varietals and goes through the red winemaking process but it is stopped before extracting too many red wine characteristics. The grapes are pressed and the juice sits for a little while with the skins for fermentation - but just enough time to get a bit of color and a bit of the skin characteristics. Then fermentation continues as a white wine, most often in stainless steel.