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Color: Dark ruby to purple
Cabernet Franc : Color...
Body: Medium
Cabernet Franc : Body...
Character: Best used as a blending grape as it often lacks body
Cabernet Franc : Character...
Flavors: Flowers, menthol, red and black fruits
Cabernet Franc : Flavors...
Tannin: Low to moderate
Cabernet Franc : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Loire Valley, Bordeaux, occasionally California and
New Zealand
Cabernet Franc : Where...
With: Vegetarian dishes, fish with red wine sauces or brown stocks,
veal and chicken in white wine sauces
Cabernet Franc : With...
Color: Dark purple to black purple
Cabernet Sauvignon : Color...
Body: Medium to full
Cabernet Sauvignon : Body...
Character: Tannic, muscular, wines with gravitas
Cabernet Sauvignon : Characteristics...
Tannin: High
Cabernet Sauvignon : Tannin...
Flavors: Black currants, cedar wood, cigar tobacco, licorice, smoke
Cabernet Sauvignon : Flavor...
Where it’s best: Bordeaux (Médoc), California (Napa Valley, Santa Cruz
Mountains), Argentina, Chile, Australia (Barossa,
McLaren Vale, Margaret River)
Cabernet Sauvignon : Where...
With: Roast beef, leg of lamb, classic European cuisines, grilled
steaks, Waygu beef
Cabernet Sauvignon : With...
Color: Medium ruby to dark ruby
Gamay : Color...
Body: Medium
Gamay : Body...
Character: Very fruity/expressive in a relatively straightforward, simple
style
Gamay : Character...
Flavors: Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and occasionally spring
flowers
Gamay : Flavors...
Tannin: Very Low
Gamay : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Southern Burgundy, Beaujolais
Gamay : Where...
With: An all purpose light red served chilled that works well with
everything from American hamburgers, pizza, and barbecue,
to relatively sophisticated red meat and fish dishes such as
tuna, along with an assortment of Asian cuisines
Serious Reds
Gamay : With...
Color: Medium ruby to dark plum
Grenache : Color...
Body: Medium to full
Grenache : Body...
Character: Silky and voluptuous
Grenache : Character...
Flavors: Kirsch liqueur, essence of cherries, raspberries, licorice,
pepper, Provençal herbs, lavender
Grenache : Flavors...
Tannin: Low
Grenache : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Rhône Valley of France and Spain
Grenache : Where...
With: Very flexible, all poultry (turkey included), meats,
vegetarian, pizza, most Asian cuisines, especially Chinese
Cantonese, Shanghainese, and Korean kalbi ribs
Grenache : With...
Color: Medium ruby to dark plum
Malbec : Color...
Body: Medium to full
Malbec : Body...
Character: Silky and voluptuous
Malbec : Character...
Flavors: Dark berries, blackberries, cassis, plums, figs
Malbec : Flavors...
Tannin: Moderate and high
Malbec : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Argentina
Malbec : Where...
With: Roasted and grilled meats, charcuterie, duck, patés
Malbec : With
Color: Dark ruby to dark purple
Merlot : Color...
Body: Medium to full
Merlot : Body...
Character: Usually soft
Merlot : Character...
Flavors: Black cherries, mocha, coffee, black tea, tomato skins,
plums
Merlot : Flavors...
Tannin: Moderate
Merlot : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Bordeaux (Medoc), California (Napa Valley, Santa Cruz
Mountains), Argentina, Chile, occasionally Australia
Merlot : Where...
With: Roasted or grilled vegetables, pork, duck
Merlot : With...
Color: Dark ruby to dark purple
Mourvèdre : Color...
Body: Medium to full
Mourvèdre : Body...
Character: Earthy, tannic, and ruggedly constructed
Mourvèdre : Character...
Flavors: Tree bark, fresh mushrooms, damp soil, forest floor,
licorice, blueberries, and raspberries
Mourvèdre : Flavors...
Tannin: Medium to high
Mourvèdre : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Southern France, Spain, and a few selected micro-
climates of California
Mourvèdre : Where...
With: Relatively flexible with food, it can work with numerous
Provençal dishes such as eggplant and tomato-based
sauces as well as barbecued birds, and beef, pork, and
chicken roasts. It does not match well with any type of
seafood.
Mourvèdre : With...
Color: Medium ruby to dark garnet
Nebbiolo : Color...
Body: Medium to full
Nebbiolo : Body...
Character: Very fragrant, noble, rich, powerful, but surprisingly
light/elegant
Nebbiolo : Character...
Flavors: Pure cherry liqueur infused with licorice, herbs,
roses and tar
Nebbiolo : Flavors...
Tannin: High
Nebbiolo : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Northern Italy, particularly Piedmont
Nebbiolo : Where...
With: Mushroom and vegetarian dishes, pastas, goat, lamb,
various risottos, dim sum
Nebbiolo : With...
Color: Opaque purple to nearly blue/black
Petite Sirah : Color...
Body: Full
Petite Sirah : Body...
Character: Forbiddingly tannic, backward, and nearly impossible to
fully appreciate until it has had 8-10 years of bottle age
Petite Sirah : Character...
Flavors: Blackberries, incense, acacia flowers, tar, pepper, and
creosote
Petite Sirah : Flavors...
Tannin: High
Petite Sirah : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Hot climates such as coastal areas of California and
southern Australia
Petite Sirah : Where...
With: Meat-based or pungent game dishes, including intensely
flavored wild birds and other heavy foods; hence it has a
reputation as a wine for winter drinking and eating
Petite Sirah : With...
Color: Light to dark ruby
Pinot Noir : Color...
Body: Light to medium, occasionally full
Pinot Noir : Body...
Character: Cherries, forest floor, strawberries, fresh mushrooms,
herbs
Pinot Noir : Character...
Flavors: hugh?
Pinot Noir : Flavors...
Tannin: Moderate
Pinot Noir : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Burgundy, California (Russian River, Sonoma Coast,
Santa Barbara), Oregon, Champagne – sparkling Blanc
de Noirs
Pinot Noir : Where...
With: Salmon, tuna (especially toro), roast chicken, lamb,
veal, Mediterranean and Vietnamese dishes, Peking duck,
smoky BBQ
Pinot Noir : With...
Color: Medium ruby
Sangiovese : Color...
Body: Medium
Sangiovese : Body...
Character: Leafy, earthy, medium-bodied
Sangiovese : Character...
Flavors: Tart, crisp, strawberries, often herbal and acidic
Sangiovese : Flavors...
Tannin: Low to moderate, but acids are often high
Sangiovese : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Southern Italy, particularly Tuscany
Sangiovese : Where...
With: Tomato-based pasta dishes, rabbit, chili, grilled beef
Sangiovese : With...
Color: Dark ruby to black/purple
Syrah/Shiraz : Color...
Body: Medium to full
Syrah/Shiraz : Body...
Character: Fleshy
Syrah/Shiraz : Character...
Flavors: Blackberries, cassis, pepper, tar, coffee
Syrah/Shiraz : Flavors...
Tannin: Moderate
Syrah/Shiraz : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Northern Rhône Valley, Southern Australia (Barossa Valley,
McLaren Vale, Clare Valley), California
Syrah/Shiraz : Where...
With: Grilled meats, patés, smoked foods, wild game, charcuterie,
Kobe/Wagyu beef
Syrah/Shiraz : With...
Color: Dark ruby to opaque purple
Tempranillo : Color...
Body: Medium
Tempranillo : Body...
Character: Silky
Tempranillo : Character...
Flavors: Sweet cherries, black currants, loamy soil, earthy
undertones
Tempranillo : Flavors...
Tannin: Moderate
Tempranillo : Tannin...
Where it’s best: Spain
Tempranillo : Where...
With: Spanish tapas, paella, roast lamb, chicken, smoked
or Peking duck
Tempranillo : With...
Color: Dark ruby to dark purple
Zinfandel : Color...
Body: Medium to full
Zinfandel : Body...
Character: Tart, spicy, peppery, herbal
Zinfandel : Character...
Flavors: Cherries, earth, spice, pepper, and dark wild berries
Zinfandel : Flavor...
Tannin: Low, but acidity is moderate to high
Zinfandel : Tannin...
Where it’s best: California, and a handful from Australia
Zinfandel : Where...
With: Grilled meats, pizza, hamburgers, Korean BBQ,
Kobe/Wagyu beef
Zinfandel : With...