Now before you start to think that the Renny Man is pretentious af, I must just say that this piece is not about how to act like a douche when you’re at a social gathering while rocking an untailored suit. Instead it is making you aware of different types of red wine so that you can better choose the right wine for a dinner party (or any occasion that requires wine to be present). P.S. wine tasting article will come out next month. Another P.S. please don’t buy box wine…just don’t.
There are a number of red wines but we will just be mentioning the main 4: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz/Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Cabernet Sauvignon: the strongest of the red wines, the wine with the greatest aging potential. Most of us aren’t about that ageing life to be honest, and personally I would not recommend purchasing this wine if you’re buying it to drink soon. Because of its strength it can almost hurt the palate of the avid wine drinker.
Merlot: not as assertive as Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s softer, with elegant fruity flavours. Merlot’s are usually ready to drinker much earlier than your Cabernet Sauvignon’s. Renny Man suggests this wine to start off drinking as it is smoother and will not attack your throat like a savage beast.
*Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are best to pair with like beef and lamb (your meat dishes).
Shiraz: big, bold and spicy and a few pretentious unnecessary words about how fruity it is. So, Syrah usually from the Rhone region of France and Shiraz is at home in Australia (most of it). Basically the same wine, it is just grown in different areas but grown in the same way.
*A versatile wine that goes well with many different types of food, but is at its peak when consumed with grilled meats.
Pinot Noir: Saving the “best” for last. Pinot Noir is the hardest grape to grow and many wine connoisseurs rate this as their favourite/best. The softest of the red wines and could be described as a stronger rose. If the dinner party in question has poultry, salmon, or a vegetable dish…we would recommend a bottle of Pinot Noir (even though it is a bit harder to come by).
Get your tailored suit and drink the right wine.