Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Define a "Light" Red Wine

Caveat attack!  These categories are broad generalizations (note the caveats and provisos).  But if we can’t generalize then we’ll never get anywhere.

"A fruit bowl red wine with subtle flavors of bright red fruits:  red currants, cherries and cranberries, and if I'm lucky a hint of cinnamon..."

Red wines that are often relatively light and refreshing include reds made in cool climates, such as Beaujolais, made from the Gamay grape in the North of France, with fresh, tart fruits.  You might find Gamay-based wines elsewhere, and they are likely to offer similar characteristics.  But don't stop there...

Valpolicella in the North of Italy (made from Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes – say those three times fast) - is often a bright, tart, fruity wine.  But keep going...

Even wines associated with heft, like Merlot and Pinot Noir, can also be found in a light, juicy style.

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