Since the time of the Roman Empire, red wine has been a part of western culture. It is the most popular variety of wine and there are thousands of brands available from all around the world. Amongst all of the wine producing nations, French wines are perhaps the most revered, especially French dry reds. Dry red from Bordeaux often acts as a benchmark against which other varieties are judged.
Red wines are not only respected for taste, drank in moderation red wine has been shown to have health benefits. Dry wines are said to slow down the ageing process, fight off cancers and help prevent other cardiovascular disorders, various studies back this up.
Given the popularity and the vast variety of red wines, it may be a daunting task when selecting a red to suit an occasion. Broadly, red wines can be classified as follows based on their sugar content:
• Dry red wine with sugar content less than 4 g per liter,
• Semi-dry red wine with sugar content 4-12 g per liter,
• Red semi-sweet wine with sugar content 12-45 g per liter and,
• Red dessert wine with sugar content more than 50 g per liter.
Sweeter reds are generally enjoyed with desserts, whereas drier varieties are typically favored with savoury dishes. It is also worth checking the label to determine the blend and grape used in production. The colour and consistency should also be taken into account when purchasing red wines. Please do remember that our online WineStyle experts are available should you need assistance. We have an extensive online directory to help guide you into buying the red wine at an unbeatable price.