Top 10 Red Wines and Best Red Wine
The debate over whether or not red wine is healthy for you has raged on for decades. We’re not sure of the answer, but what we do know is that we love having a nice glass of red wine with our dinner. For this best of list we’ll be including wines by brand name and regional names.
There are 8 different types of red wine including syrah, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, pinot noir, zifandel, sangiovese, and barbera. This list will more cover our favorite types more so than actual brands of red wine by years, etc. In later articles we will list out our top 10 brands of each wine for each type.
This list is filled with our top 10 favorite brands of red wine.
Top Ten Red Wine Brands
1. German Spatburgunder or Pinot Noir
Made from the Pinot Noir grapes which are black in nature, German Spatburgunder is considered to be one of the highest quality red wines. Even though pinot noir grapes are now produced all over the world, it is specially associated with Burgundy or Bourgogne. Pinot Noir tastes fruity and fresh and goes best with Salmon, chicken or lamb.
2. French Beaujolais
Beaujolais is a place in the south of Burgundy and produces the French Beaujolais which is again on of the most famous wines, coming from this small region. The red wine produced here is light and is made with the variety of grapes called Gamay grapes.
3. Italian Chianti
A European wine and therefore, named after the region where it is produced. Chianti wine is produced in the province of Chianti in Tuscany, Italy. The grapes that this red wine uses are Sangiovese grapes. It is popular among novices too because of its extraordinary fame.
4. Californian Zinfandel
An American red wine, Zinfandel is one of the most usable and versatile grapes that can be made into all kinds of red wine starting from blushes to the really heavy and strong red wines. It is served with heavy and spicy meals. It is manufactured in the Napa valley. Zinfandel wine has a spicy, peppery flavor to it.
5. Cabernet Sauvignon
Named after its grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has the most international acclaim. Its grapes species are one of the best in the world and this red wine can be combined with other wines like Merlot or Cabernet Franc to make an amazing cocktail. The various regions which grow cabernet sauvignon are Bordeaux, Napa valley, Chile and even Australia.
6. Australian Shiraz
Named after their grapes, Shiraz or Shirah, this is the most commonly used wine among people around the world. It’s easily available too almost anywhere. Its color comes from the dark skinned grapes it’s produced from. This red wine goes best with steak, stew, beef or wild game. This red wine also has a peppery taste to it.
7. French Bordeaux
Coming from the Bordeaux region in France, it is part of the three most famous French wine producing provinces. It comes in a variety of ranges, starting from table wine which tends to be very inexpensive to very costly and prestigious wines like Vintage wine.
8. Merlot Wine
Though primarily grown in the Bordeaux region of France, Merlot grapes can be found throughout Europe and places in America and Australia as well. This wine is known for its volume and softness, and of course taste. This red wine blends superbly with other wines.
9. Malbec Wine
Made with grapes that are dark blue and purple in nature. This red wine also tends to be darkish/bluish. This red wine is commonly produced in Argentina, but also found in California and Chile as well.
10. Barbera Wine
A versatile red wine that can be paired with different kinds of food. This wine originated in Italy but is now widely grown in California. This red wine brand is known for its silky texture.