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Red Wines

Red Wines exhibit infinite subtleties of character and have enduring appeal.

Amarone
Amarone is big, rich, dark and dry with full bodied-flavors, it's one of the most beloved and famed Italian wines. Lush, dark fruits are evident in both the smell and taste of the wine. Amarone strikes a perfect balance among tannin, alcohol and acidity. Let Amarone breathe. Whether young our old, this wine requires breathing to allow the complex flavors to open up. Try Amarone, it will be love at first sip.

Bergamais
A light Red Wine with fresh fruity flavor. Cherries & Plums fill the nose and sweet cherry follows through the mouth where it lingers softly. This fruity and delicate red nouveau style' wine is typically consumed young and is at its best when served slightly chilled. To be enjoyed on any occasion. Bergamais is such a fun wine. Yes, usually red wines are very serious but this light-bodied wine is red with a fun and playful attitude. It's color is a bit lighter red than most and has a much lighter taste. When drinking it, you'll feel like you just bit into a fresh juicy red berry. This terrific tasting light-bodied, off-dry red has no oak added. This combination makes for a delicious, easy drinking wine with all the great health benefits from red wines. How can you go wrong! Serve this wine with heavier dishes because its lighter body gives your heavy dishes good balance. Try it with lasagna, beef wellington, lamb and veal. Its great with softer cheeses such as brie or smoked provolone.

Cabernet Blends
Cabernet sauvignon is the powerhouse of red grapes. This thick-skinned superstar dominates many winemaking regions, and its impressive levels of acid and tannins give it astounding longevity. Across the world over, wine producers have also embraced the art of creating cabernet blends. This process involves mixing the wine with other complementary grapes, and the results often trump the original.
The process of developing successfully balanced cabernet blends is hardly an easy undertaking. The spicy notes and fruity overtones provide a challenging foundation.
In the most famous cabernet-making region, Bordeaux, the grape is most frequently blended with malbec, cabernet franc, merlot, or petit verdot grapes.
Italy has recently begun creating blends with their favored red wine, sangiovese.
Spain produces exquisite cabernet blends with tempranillo, and in Australia, the most popular mix involves shiraz.


Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark purple or ruby in color and having a delightful blend of intense aromas and flavours, the Cabernet Sauvignon enhances the taste of simply prepared meat, strong-tasting cheeses and dark chocolates.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is a hearty variety that grows well in multiple soil and climate conditions. Because of this, most of the world's wine regions grow some Cabernet grapes. The dark blue grapes are small in size, but they yield powerful flavours backed by substantial tannins. The result is a flavourful red wine that typically ages well and blends well with other grapes.


Carmenere
Medium to full bodied, this wine will tempt you with cherries and strawberries on the nose followed through with dates and chocolate on the palate. Fermented on Carmenère Winery Grape Skins and toasted oak, this wine can be consumed relatively young, although will benefit with age.

Chianti
Native to the Tuscany region of Italy, this luscious wine is admired for its rich, velvety fruitiness, subtly accented with oak. A wine meant for drinking young as well as aged. A lively fresh and fruity wine that is produced from classic red grape varieties.


Grenache

The Grenache grape variety is claimed to be the second most planted grape in the world, competing with Trebbiano for that honor. It is the most planted red grape in Spain, and is popular in many other European countries as well. It seems to have originated in Spain, but has long since been spread to all corners of the globe.
Grenache wines tend to be a pale red color with a flavor of sweetness. It can also be made into a thick red wine, if the vines are pruned and cared for properly. Grenache is a key ingredient in Rioja, where blending with Tempranillo creates a robust, hearty red. Grenache pairs well with hearty meals - steak, burgers.



Malbec
All types of meat based meals, especially Cajun, Mexican, Italian, and Indian dishes, go well with this robust wine. Malbec, known as the great wine of Argentina, is a well-coloured wine that tastes of plums, berries and spice.


Merlot
Merlot wine is know for its low acidity, mellow softness and its pairing which goes with any kind of food. Its softness has made it an "introducing" wine for new red-wine drinkers. The wine has the aroma of blackcherry, plums and herbal flavours which fill the mouth with sheer delight!

Mist
Mist is the name of an wine beverage which blends seasonal wines such as merlot, zinfandel and chardonnay with fruit flavorings. Its slogan is "Great Tasting Wine with a Splash of Fruit," describing the beverage. Mist has a lower alcohol content than most wines.


Pinot Noir
A lighty fruity wine, the Pinot Noir has the typical aromas of cherry, strawberry and plum. It is neither acidic nor tannic wine.
Nothing like taking the wine with grilled salmon, chicken and lamb.


Primitivo
Full bodied in nature, it opens up with a luscious bouquet of ripe black cherry and delicate spices underlaid with a streak of medium toasted oak. The palate is blessed with well rounded smooth tannins, berry fruit and a complex, long fi nish. Suitable to be paired with hearty pasta dishes and tomato based sauces or strong Italian cheeses.


Shiraz / Syrah
This red wine is known by two names, Shiraz/Syrah grapes are a very dark red in color, so dark in fact that they are often described as black.
Shiraz as it is made in Australia is a big, bold wine with flavors of blackberry, plum, chocolate and spice. French Syrah shares the same flavor profile as its Australian cousin, but the structure is subtler. Serve Shiraz slightly chilled at about 17 degrees C. / 64 degrees F. Pour Shiraz into large glasses so you can enjoy the fragrance of the wine. Shiraz is ideal for beef, and is also an excellent choice for the spicy cuisines of Mexico and India


Valpolicella
Valpolicella is a light quaffing wine, generally fermented in steel, kept in tanks, and then bottled in the spring, to be drunk on a daily basis. It tends to have a lively bouquet with floral notes and hints of cherry or berry fruits - this is definitely an aromatic wine. On the palate it is light, fruity, and with a pleasant touch of acidity that leaves a clean finish. Not much in the way of tannins. Should be served with first courses -- pasta with meat-based sauces and soups, or vegetable-based entrees.

Vieux Chateau du Roi
This popular French red wine is full-bodied yet surprisingly soft and quick to mature. Vieux Chateau du Roi is deep red and aggressive with complex flavours resulting from a blend of grape varieties which layer flavours and aromas of ripe fruit, berries, plum, spice, and oak. This fruit-forward blend should be enjoyed with grilled meat, salmon, or other deeply flavoured dishes. Strong cheeses such as aged Cheddar and Stilton make fine accompaniments as well. Avoid light meats, simple dishes, and acidic sauces. Good for heavier meals, dinner parties, and cold-weather entertaining.

Zinfandel

The Zinfandel is a robust red wine with low to moderate acidity. Its taste is governed by the ripeness of the grapes which it is made of. Tomato-sauce pastas, pizza and grilled and barbecued meats go well with this berry and pepper-like flavour wine. However, the flavour majorly depends upon its freshness and heaviness.

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