I’ve decided that I will accept guest posts for this blog, especially while I’m pregnant, in order to provide you with fresh wine news. Here is another post from Chuck Withers over at Two Guys Wine and Travel Blog
With such a wine-conducive climate and beautifully fertile soils, it is no wonder that Napa Valley, California is such an ideal place for winegrowing. Napa Valley is famous for producing some of the world’s very best wines. No matter how much you already know about wines, there is always more you can learn. With each new creation and different varieties of the same, experiencing and learning about wines can be a lifelong endeavor. In the case of Napa Valley red wine alone, there are many different wines to consider. Here are a few facts and food pairings to consider with your next Napa Valley red wines.
Popular Red Wines
Barbera is a red grape commonly cultivated in California. Producing deep colored, red wines, Barbera is a very popular choice. With a light to medium body, a low level of tannins, and a nice level of acidity, Barbera can be a perfect addition to nearly any serving of pasta or lamb. Under ideal conditions, Barbera is generally best served at a temperature of about 60 degrees.
Cabernet Sauvignon is generally noted as the most popular and most famous of all red-wine grapes. Producing a medium to full bodied experience, Cabernet Sauvignon is often used as the basis for many other wines. With its dry but rich taste, Cabernet Sauvignon can go exceptionally well with hearty meals, such as pasta or various types of game.
Cabernet Franc, which is often used for blending, can also be a great choice on its own. Although slightly softer than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc can also produce a similar effect. Raspberry flavors and herbal aromas are some of the identifying features of these delicious wines. In terms of food pairings, Cabernet Franc goes equally well with the hearty meals commonly associated and served with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Gamay, which is a light and fruity choice, is generally best when served young. With its subtle softness, this can be a great choice for meals that might regularly be served with white wines. Ideally, Gamay serves best when refrigerated and served at low temperatures, such as 56 degrees.
Similar to Cabernet Franc, Grenache is generally used as blending grape but can also be served alone. Grenache has a low tannin level, with a rich and fruity taste. With its simple, yet delicious taste, Grenache can pair well with many different meals, including lamb, chicken, or many everyday dishes.
Merlot is a popular choice that can vary depending on the grape and whether or not oak is used. California Merlots are generally fuller in body with a higher level of alcohol. Merlots are generally served best at a slightly higher temperature than some other wines, such as 64 degrees.
Selecting The Right Napa Valley Red Wine
When it comes to selecting the right wine, the task might seem overwhelming. Napa Valley offers many different options, each providing a different experience and taste. When you need to make a selection, whether for yourself or for a group, remember that every experience will be different. Give yourself the chance to experiment with different Napa Valley red wines and don’t be afraid to try new things. Chances are, with a little experimentation you’ll find a brand new favorite.