I can’t help but think of the song Red, Red Wine by UB40 whenever I hear the words Red Wine. It is an ode to the drink that so many love. Just take a look at these lyrics from the song.
“Red red wine, you make me feel so fine
You keep me rockin’ all of the time
Red red wine, you make me feel so grand
I feel a million dollar when you’re just in my hand
Red red wine, you make me feel so sad
Any time I see you go, it make me feel bad
Red red wine, you make me feel so fine
Monkey back and ease up on the sweet deadline”
Lyrics By UB40
Wine has been around a long time and there are all kinds of varieties. I have to agree with UB40 though, Red, red wine makes me feel so fine.
History of Red Wine
Wine has been produced for thousands of years. The earliest known winery is the 6,100-year-old winery in Armenia. Some of the earliest known traces of wine are from Georgia (6000 BC), Iran (5000 BC), and Sicily (4000 BC). Wine is an alcoholic drink made from fermented grapes. Wines not made from grapes include rice wine and fruit wines such as plum, cherry, pomegranate, currant and elderberry.
Wine has had a long history with religion as well. Red wine was associated with blood by the ancient Egyptians and was used by both the Greek cult of Dionysus and the Romans in their Bacchanalia; Judaism also incorporates it in the Kiddush and Christianity in the Eucharist.
Per Wikipedia: “The red-wine production process involves extraction of color and flavor components from the grape skin. Red wine is made from dark-colored grape varieties. The actual color of the wine can range from violet, typical of young wines, through red for mature wines, to brown for older red wines. The juice from most purple grapes is actually greenish-white; the red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) present in the skin of the grape; exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which actually have red flesh and produce red juice.”
Different Kinds of Red Wine
If you’re looking to try some different kinds of wine then here is a list of different kinds of Red Wine to try. Make sure you pour them into the glasses from Amazon.
Cabernet Sauvignon – The most popular and harvested of grapes in the world is cabernet sauvignon. Having a glass is always interesting to drink as you look for notes of cherries and currants, as well as spices.
Merlot – The second-most planted grape, and it’s a great entry point for someone trying to get into red wine because it has a more sweet and fruity taste.
Zinfandel – Zinfandels are often high in alcohol content. They are hard to pin down because the taste can really vary based on where it’s grown. It has a semi-fruity, juicy taste to it with a little bit of spice.
Syrah/Shiraz – Called Syrah in a lot of European countries, and Shiraz in Australia, South America, and elsewhere, this wine peppery, spicy, and bold. It also has the flavor of rich fruits like blackberry.
Malbec – Mostly produced in Argentina now, this wine gets its origins in France. It’s an easy drinking wine with a deep purple color and plum or cherry flavor.
Pinot Noir – Among the lightest and most delicate red wines, Pinot Noir has a light body and a hint of berries like raspberry or cranberry.
Sangiovese – Sangiovese is the biggest red grape in Italy and is associated with Chianti. This wine has a very diverse flavor palette and gives you not only fruity flavors but peppery, smoky flavor as well.
If you try any of these do yourself a favor and use a decanter to let it breathe from Amazon.
The Most Expensive Red Wines
Check out this great article from moneyinc.com for more info, but here are some excerpts on the most expensive wines ever sold.
Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 – $38,420
New World wines can’t claim the same length of winemaking history as their Old World counterparts. However, that doesn’t mean that there are no New World wines that are worthy of admiration. For proof, look no further than the Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 wine, which has the honor of being the single most expensive bottle of Australian wine ever sold at $38,420. This happened in 2004 when a wine collector picked up one of the 20 bottles that are still known to exist in the world.
Cheval Blanc 1947 Saint-Emilion – $135,125
Produced in a time that boasted hotter than normal temperatures that made for higher than normal sugar levels, the Cheval Blanc 1947 Saint-Emilion wine is considered by some wine experts to be the finest Cheval Blanc wine of the 20th century. Combined with the fact that no more than a small number of the 110,000+ bottles produced have managed to make it into the present, it is no wonder that a single bottle managed to fetch a price of $135,125 when it was auctioned off in San Francisco in 2006.
Chateau Lafite 1787 – $156,450
Wine collecting isn’t a hobby that sprung up in modern times. Instead, there have been wine collectors for centuries, as shown by the fact that Thomas Jefferson is associated with a number of bottles of wine that have managed to fetch high prices when sold at auction. In the case of the Chateau Lafite 1787, its supposed one-time ownership by Jefferson is a bit dubious in spite of the “ThJ” that has been etched into the glass. However, that doesn’t seem to have stopped its 1985 buyer, who was willing to pay an astonishing $156,450 for it.
Chateau Margaux 1787 – $225,000
Speaking of which, the Chateau Margaux 1787 is another example of a bottle of red wine that is associated with Thomas Jefferson, though there are fewer doubts about said association in this particular case. Unfortunately, this wine will never be either drunk or bought out by an interested individual because it was knocked over by a very unlucky waiter. At the time, it was valued by some at around $500,000
Still interested in wine? Want to learn more? Check out this book, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine available on Amazon.