What are the best red wines?

Not all red wines taste the same, so to those who aren't connoisseurs of the liquid, they can be pressed for choice in which red wine they'd enjoy. Not to worry though because we've compiled a selection of the best red wines to choose from so you can enjoy some tannin even when getting that tan in.

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    #1Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine grown from a grape of the same name. Wines of this type have a full body, dark color, dry taste, and alcohol content of 13.5% and above. Due to its dryness and acidity, it is best drunk with food than without.

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    $13.99

    Sandra Reed
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "everyone loves a good cab sauv. definitely one of the best red wines types since it's a good all arounder without coming off as bland and uninspired."
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    #2Merlot

    Merlot

    Merlot is a red wine that is made from its dark blue grape namesake. Its taste varies depending on where it is grown, with warm and cool climates exhibiting less and more prevalent tannins, respectively. It pairs well with light meats.

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    $15.99

    Douglas Jimenez
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "despite the flak this got in Sideways, this is a truly underrated wine of the reds. sure, it's not as popular as cabernet sauvignons, but it's still a good complement to lighter meals."
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    #3Malbec

    Malbec

    Malbec is a red wine made from Argentinian grapes of the same name. The full-bodied red wine carries medium tannin and acid levels, and is often drunk alongside lean meats to complement its plump and smoky flavor.

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    $12.98

    Moisés Ríos
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "a very refined taste for a very good price. definitely one of the best red wines out there"
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    #4Tempranillo

    Tempranillo

    The Tempranillo is a black Spanish grape that is the namesake for this type of red wine. This full-bodied Spanish red wine is characterized by its ruddy orange hue and a fruitier taste than Cabernet Sauvignon.

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    $15.89

    Billy Perry
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "this is one of those odd finds that i ended up enjoying. if you like red wines that are sweet, get your hands on this kind, especially if it's a reserva. really brings out the flavor."
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    #5Aglianico

    Aglianico

    The black Aglianico grape is the source of this red wine type. The wine itself is usually aged over a period of ten to twenty years, resulting in a full-bodied wine high in tannin and acidity that complements foods with rich flavors.

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    $17.99

    Carolyn Mason
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "the tannin and acidity of this isn't for the uninitiated. yes it's good but probably not recommended for beginners. in the mouth of a fellow connoisseur, on the other hand, priceless."
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    #6Pais

    Pais

    Pais is a dry red wine made from its namesake Chilean grape. The wine is light-bodied and reddish brown in color, carrying in it a medium tannin and acidity that complements Mediterranean-style foods.

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    $12.95

    Kyle Murray
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "tastes very good. shame it's a bit hard to get your hands on one of these"
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    #7Bonarda

    Bonarda

    Not to be confused with the Bonarda grape from Italy, this red wine is made from the Argentinian Douce Noir grape. It carries an initial fruitiness, a medium body, juicy acidity, and low tannin, often complementing grilled meats or fish.

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    $12.98

    Nicholas Cox
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "make sure you specify that you want the argentinian bonarda whenever you get this. you might get the wrong country's bonarda and be in for an odd surprise. happened to me a few times, and really sealed in that this is the bonarda i want."
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    #8Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir, made from the grapes of the same name, is a red wine of light to medium body. It bears a lower tannin and lighter color than most red wines, making it a good pair for duck, chicken, pork, and mushrooms.

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    $15.99

    Margaret Kennedy
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "if you're looking for a less intimidating wine, then go for this. the flavor isn't as rich as other red wines but it's a good, lighter recommendation."

Summary

Best What are the best red wines
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Cabernet SauvignonFood 18 Paid
2MerlotFood 12 Paid
3MalbecFood 8 Paid
4TempranilloFood 3 Paid
5AglianicoFood 3 Paid
6PaisFood 2 Paid
7BonardaFood 2 Paid
8Pinot NoirFood 1 Paid
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