Red Wine



It's a good time to be a fan of red wine. Not only have doctors approved it as part of a heart-healthy diet, but from Argentina to Sardinia, vineyards are producing delicious new vintages and reviving lost varietals. Red wine gets its color because the grape juice is left in contact with the skins. After that, much depends on the grape, the terroir and the winemaker: red wine can be fruity or dry, full- or light-bodied. Whether you prefer a juicy New World Cabernet Sauvignon or a traditional, easy-drinking Côtes du Rhône from France, F&W's guide to red wine will help you choose the right bottle to match your meal. It also includes guides to reds by region, editors' picks for value wines, plus tips and recipes for when you want to use your wine for cooking.

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17 Off-the-Beaten-Path California Reds
These red wines run the gamut from the familiar to the surprising, yet all of them have surprises in store, even for the most passionate fans of California wines.
The 43 Best Syrahs to Buy Right Now
Our favorite Syrahs from familiar regions in California and Australia and less-expected locales in Idaho and beyond.
The 19 Best Grenache Wines to Buy Right Now
Often unfairly overlooked, Grenache is very versatile with food and a good idea no matter the season.
The Truth About Pairing Wine with Red Meat
We asked the experts to tell us everything they know about red meat and red wine.
21 Amazing Zinfandels to Buy Right Now
America's quintessential grape variety has a rocky reputation, but here are some standout Zinfandels to look for.
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25 Splurge-Worthy California Reds
These wines represent what I consider to be some of the best high-end bottles in the state—and, for many of them, the world.
Wine Pairings for Roast Chicken

At their new RT Rotisserie in San Francisco, chefs Sarah and Evan Rich mastered the art of the super-succulent, supremely flavorful spit-roasted chicken. The next step? Finding the perfect wine to pair with it.