Differences Among Three Classic Red Wine Varietals

Pinot Noir pic
Pinot Noir
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Aric Keck serves as the regional manager of Vectra Networks in Smyrna, Georgia. He previously held positions with Intel Corporation and Exostar, LLC. Aric Keck is also a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators.

Many of us enjoy drinking wine but do not have a good understanding of the differences among the varietals. Three of the classic red wines include the following:

1. Pinot Noir. Pinot Noirs often offer the lightest body with fruitier flavors and aromas. Pinot Noir is known for its acidity. Since this type of wine has low tannin, the acidity is more potent.

2. Syrah. Syrahs are often smooth and velvety with dark fruit flavors like plum and blueberry, bolstered by additional notes of chocolate and tobacco, and have great body. Syrah wines pair well with lamb and cheese.

3. Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine globally and is full of tannins. Tannins create the dry taste of the wine and are also great antioxidants. Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with steak.

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