Red wine is so colored because of the grape skins used. There are many types of grapes, everyone as different and colorful as the next. There are purple, maroon, deep red, light red, etc. Every variety brings a different shade of red to red wine and the assorted colors you see in wine stores are a straight result of the many grapes used in the wine-making process. An individual wine’s color relies largely on the grape type used to make it and how long the skin was left on.
There are several different types of red wine, but they are usually referred to by their “body”. For example, a light-bodied wine is not too assertive on the taste buds. It pairs well with food that is flavor intensive. A good example of this kind of wine is the Beaujolais Nouveau.
On the other hand, there is the medium-bodied red wine which is a slightly heavier wine (think Merlot) but not as heavy as a full-bodied wine. Full-bodied wines are heavier and possess a higher alcohol content.
You may have noticed at some parties, tasting events, or formal gatherings that red wine is served in a specific glass. It is said that an oval or egg-shaped glass that gets smaller as it reaches the top (different from the usual slim, tall glass) is the top way to drink red wine as it lets the wine breathe and twirl better. The best temperature to serve red wine is between 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Giving it too hot and the alcohol can be too emphasized. If too cold, it will have a bitter taste.