Tannat

Tannat is the most planted variety of Uruguay where it was studied to determine that it contains some of the highest polyphenols (antioxidants) of all red wines.

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Touriga Nacional

An increasingly important red from Portugal that was originally used in Port wines and is now featured in single varietal wines and red blends from the Douro Valley.

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Port

Portugal’s flagship; an aged, sweet fortified wine that comes in a wide range of styles, largely based on ageing techniques. Commonly seen styles include Ruby and Tawny.

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Priorat

A Spanish regional wine blend known largely for its full, dusty red wines made primarily from Grenache and Carignan. The best age a minimum of five years before release and some include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for additional complexity.

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Rioja (Red)

Spain’s most famous regional wine featuring Tempranillo grapes. Wines are known for their savory, dusty flavors and ability to age. Rioja is one of few European winemaking zones that enlists the use of American oak barrels.

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Merlot

Merlot is loved for it’s boisterous black cherry flavors, supple tannins, and chocolatey finish. On the high end, it’s often mistaken with Cabernet Sauvignon and commonly blended with it.

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Petit Verdot

Considered a minor blending grape in Bordeaux, Petit Verdot has shown promise as a single-varietal wine in warmer climates where it makes smooth full-bodied reds.

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Dolcetto

In Piedmont, Dolcetto’s home, the name means “little sweet one.” Funny enough, wines are generally tart with loads black fruit flavors and occasionally aggressive tannins.

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Chianti

The world-renowned Tuscan, Sangiovese-based wine was originally sold in straw-wrapped bottles called Fiascos. Chianti wines have many classifications by region and aging regime.

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Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is of Italy’s top regional red wines, first labeled as such in 1865 by Biondi-Santi. Wines are made with a special clone of Sangiovese.

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