Get To Know Red Wine

From savory selections that call for a leather armchair and a roaring fire, to bright and fruity favorites that balance out a spicy dish, there are many different red wines to choose from. A great way to start is by exploring a few of the most popular varieties and seeing what you like the most.

We feature many popular kinds of red wine, including top-selling varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and classics from world-famous regions in California, France, and beyond


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Merlot

This always soft, always elegant and fruit forward wine is celebrated for its ripe notes of berries and plum, with smooth tannins to balance it out. While delicious when sipped on its own, we really love to pour a glass of Merlot with meatloaf, herbed chicken, and a shepherd's pie.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark, bold Cabernet Sauvignon has notes of black currant and cherry, and a complex feel that fascinates when sipped slowly. Plus, Cab's mouth-drying tannins help this full-bodied red wine hold its own with rich red meats, sharp cheeses, and tangy tomato sauces.

Pinot Noir

Bright Pinot Noir is beloved for its ripe cranberry and cherry notes, and distinctive hints of baking spice and cola. This lighter-bodied varietal is the rare red that pairs well with poultry and fish, making it your safest best if you're eating with a group—think of it as your BFF at a BYOB restaurant.

Malbec

Dark and delicious Malbec wines are closer to purple than red, but when you try that first sip and the notes of ripe blackberries and juicy plums dance across your palate, the color won't matter. Enjoy this classic with steak, lamb, and soft cheeses.

Red Blends

From coveted Bordeaux vintages to easy-drinking California favorites, red blends (red wines made from two or more different types of wine grape) are winemakers' way of ensuring quality and bringing their unique visions to life. Sometimes two grapes are better than one!