Red wine has been a favorite of connoisseurs for centuries. It is no wonder that when people think of the romantic eras of history, they make a connection with red wine. It is the wine that is depicted in religious texts, music, art, and more. Known for its health benefits, it is often suggested to prevent heart disease, aid with blood pressure, and several other uses throughout history. With so many things making red wine a large part of our culture, it makes sense that so many vintners select these wines for production.
The most well known red wine is Merlot. This luscious wine is considered the “beginning wine” for those that are new to red wines, due to its highly drinkable nature and pairability with many meals. One of the most popular grape varieties grown throughout the world, it is not hard to find a bottle of Merlot around for your events and family gatherings, which simply adds to the popularity of this delicious red wine.
Merlot started being grown in the United States over 200 years ago and winemakers quickly realized they had something great in their vineyards. Later, additions of Cabernet Sauvignon were planted and the California wine scene began to really take hold as more and more amazing labels were coming forth for the connoisseurs of the world to talk about. It seems that, even though the United States is young compared to the rest of the countries in the world, we have the land needed to produce wines that rival those of the more traditionally known regions out there.
Cabernet is another lovely varietal that has a few deviations for you to enjoy. Cabernet Sauvignon is currently the most highly planted grape variety in the United States, which is a testament to its popularity and hardy nature. These grapes have allowed winemakers to really cement the fact that the United States has what it takes to compete with others in the wine world and the phrase “Cab is King” began to resonate over time. However, as with all great things, even this epic reign must come to an end, because several other varieties are becoming more popular as time passes and tastes change.
While red wines are, and always shall be, very popular, there are always rivals for their top-spots on restaurant wine lists and collector’s rack desires. Chardonnay makes a solid run every year in the popularity contest, as do Riesling and others. Red wine will likely stay solid in the market, however, as there are so many varieties available world-wide that can grow in such a range of climates.
We’ve seen an increase in Pinot Noir, Syrah, and even Malbec here in the United States. Along that line, we expect to see an ever-growing increase in Pinot through the years due to its cool climate requirements. As aspiring vintners pop up across the country, you’ll find these lovely grapes showing up in a lot of different places that you really may not expect. However, that is fodder for another feature, so, for now, we’ll head out with the hope that you go out and try a few different reds and see what you think. If you do, head back here and let us know what you thought! We’d love to hear from you and your comment might be the inspiration for our next feature post!
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