What Are the Different Types of Red Wine?

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Different types of red wine include Beaujolais, zinfandel, pinot noir, valpolicella and cabernet sauvignon. Beaujolais is a wine produced in the Burgundy area of France. It's made from the Gamay grape and has a light, dry character.

Beaujolais has high acidity but is low in tannins. There are three kinds of Beaujolais: Beaujolais Cru, Beaujolais AOC and Beaujolais Villages AOC.

Zinfandel is another light-bodied red wine with flavors reminiscent of berries and stone fruit. It contains more tannin than Beaujolais, as well as a fairly high alcohol level. It pairs well with curries, poultry, barbecued meats and hard, flavorful cheeses.

Pinot noir is also originally from Burgundy, but is now found in many areas of the world, including California, Chile and Australia. Its complex bouquet includes hints of cherry and strawberry. It pairs well with roasted poultry and robust pasta dishes.

The origins of cabernet sauvignon are in Bordeaux. The grape does best in a warm, sunny climate and yields a hearty wine with a bouquet that can even recall leather or tobacco. It goes well with game and roasted meats.

Valpolicella is a light and fruity wine with origins in northern Italy. It is not made of one grape but several, including corvina veronese, rondinella and molinara.