Know Your Red Wines
Red, red wine, you make me feel so fine. You keep me rocking all of the time. Red, red wine, you make me feel so grand. I feel a million dollars when you’re just in my hand.
Those lyrics to Bob Marley’s song, “Red, Red Wine” still ring true. People have a special place in their heart for red wine. They are lovers, connoisseurs, and just plain red wine drinkers. So, what do you do if you don’t know much about that luscious red beverage? At Pascals Restaurant in Newport Beach, we know our red wine. Its varieties are fruity, dry, fun, and, best of all, red. Let us recommend some fantastic red wine for you and your party to enjoy. Here are a few basics about getting to know red wine:
Types of Red Wine
- Merlot: Known as a crowd pleaser and an easy drinking red. This variety has lush flavors of blackberry, plum, and a nice easy finish.
- Zinfandel: A robust, strong red, not to be confused with “white zinfandel,” a pink party wine that you might have had as a teenager. A true red zin is magic with its well-rounded cherry flavors and slightly sweet finish. You can enjoy it with many different types of food from a rare strip steak to pizza.
- Cabernet Sauvignon: A big, bold red that is not very sweet in nature. It’s a full bodied wine that is amazing with Italian foods and other hearty fare.
- Shiraz/Syrah: A fun, spry type of wine. This is lighter and silkier in texture. In Australia, this variety is known as a “Shiraz” but, in America, especially in Northwestern states like Oregon or Washington, it’s referred to as a “Syrah.” Either way, it’s a pleasant, easy drinking wine.
- Bordeaux: This is a pretty serious wine from a very important region in France. You can really get into some higher prices with this type of wine. Overall, it’s a lush medium-bodied red that is a good bottle to chat about amongst friends.
- Chianti: Fava beans, anyone? Hannibal Lector references this type of wine in the famous “Silence of The Lamb” movie. It’s still a great red to drink, especially with Italian food and/or pizza.
The idea to remember with red wine is to just try it––don’t feel intimidated by all the different types. If you aren’t comfortable ordering for yourself, let the staff guide you in the direction of what you might like. Tell them some key words, such as sweet or dry (meaning bitter) to help them make a recommendation for you. After all, as the song says, red, red wine will make you feel so fine!