Simply put, wine is simply the fermented juice from a grape. A wine grape, unlike your average grocery store-classical grape, is rather thin, sweet, densely-shedmed, and has many seeds inside. In fact, there are two kinds of grapes used to make wine: black grapes (also called red grapes) and white grapes (also called white grapes). The type of grape you use to make wine depends on what kind of wine you’re making.
Pinot Noir is a red wine that is often made in the central part of Italy, especially in the regions around Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Limoges. Pinot Noir has a fruity, cherry flavor that’s paired particularly well with beef. This wine isn’t very widely distributed, mostly coming from the Bordeaux region of France. Italian wine enthusiasts have a variety of choices for the wine they enjoy, however. They can purchase Pinot Noir at any liquor shop in their local area and enjoy it, or they can buy an imported bottle and enjoy it as well.
Merlot is a popular choice among wine enthusiasts. It’s made in the central part of Italy, specifically in the cities of Modena and Venice. Merlot is similar to Pinot Noir in that it is not widely distributed, but it does tend to be more expensive than the latter. Like Pinot Noir, Merlot comes from the same grape used for other Italian wine varieties, and it too has a fruity, cherry flavor that’s rather well-suited to red meats. Like Pinot Noir, Merlot is best purchased from Italy’s most popular liquor stores.
Chardonnay is a red wine, which may be light or dark in color. It’s made by using different kinds of grape varieties, including both red and black grapes. Chardonnay is served with foods that are heavier on the meat side, including lamb, and is usually served with dessert. Chardonnay is produced primarily in northern France, although it’s also grown in California and Oregon.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety of red wines, or rather, dark, spicy reds. There is an extensive variety of Cabernet Sauvignons available, which often comes in distinctive, sharply flavored blends. Some blend Cabernets actually taste quite a bit like their varietals, since the spices used to create them often blend remarkably well with the grapes themselves. Cabernet Sauvignons is very popular because of their ability to pair well with spicy reds, including zesty types like strawberry-red and burgundy types like Syrah. Most people enjoy a nice Cabernet Sauvignon with dessert or as a wine to open the door to when you’re having dinner.
Syrah is a red grape, like Cabernet Sauvignon, but it’s much sweeter. In fact, most people find that a high-quality Syrah has less of a kick than a high-quality Cabernet. Syrah pairs very well with dessert foods and is generally enjoyed as a wine to open the door to after dinner.
Rose Wine is an off-white grape varietal that is sweeter than most of the other types of wine mentioned above. Rose Wine is produced primarily in Australia, South Africa, Italy, Chile, Spain, India, and California. The most common kinds of rose wines are produced in Australia, where it’s produced largely from the Penrillo grapes, but it can also come from old-growth Syrah in France or South African sources. It’s a great wine to pair with many different meals but is especially enjoyable when paired with sweet desserts like pies or chocolates. It pairs very nicely with Roasted Pepper and Chocolate, or with Roasted Peas, or with jam, custards, or cheese.
These types of Australian varieties of dry wines are very versatile. Each one of these is a dry white, medium-dry red, or dry reds with accents of berry or citrus fruit. Some have notes of peachy or fruity flavors, others are nutty or spicy. This type of varietal wine can be found in different regions throughout Australia, including Margaret River, Barossa Valley, and Clare Valley.