Best Red Wine Selection Online
Add to your wine cellar or wine collection with a lovely bottle - or bottles - of red wine. With a huge selection of delicious red wines, it might be hard to choose the best red wine for you! Below we’ve explained some basic differences between a few varieties of red wine, but if you need more specific information or have individual label questions, please give the wine purveyors at Bag & String Wine Merchants a call at 716-763-4000.
- Shiraz (Syrah) - Shiraz is one of the top produced grapes, creating a popular and powerful red wine. Shiraz and Syrah can be used interchangeably to discuss this dark skinned grape variety, though Syrah is more commonly used in Europe, some Latin American countries and most of the United States. Shiraz is typically used in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.
- Strong flavor
- Full bodied
- Individual flavor differences based on grape’s environment
- Blackberry and pepper aromas common
- Merlot - Merlot grapes are the most popularly planted grape and Merlot wine is one of the more popular varieties of red wine. The grape itself is a dark blue grape that is believed to have originated in France. Merlot grapes are harvested generously in France, as well as in Italy, California, Chile and other places. Because of the soft bodied nature of the Merlot, it’s one of the more popular and best red wines to enjoy.
- Plum flavor
- Soft, easy-to-drink
- More sugary grapes
- Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Sauvignon is nearly universally recognized as the best variety of red wine and is enjoyed internationally. Commonly harvested in France, Italy, California and Australia, the thin skinned Cabernet Sauvignon grapes thrive in a variety of climates.
- Dense and dark flavored
- Malbec - Malbec wine comes from dark purple grapes and most commonly grown in France and as of recently, Argentina. The grape itself is less hearty than other varieties and therefore is more susceptible to diseases and problems in harvest.
- Intense wine
- Flavor varies with environment - blackberry and juicy flavors typically
- Pinot Noir - Pinot Noir grapes are dark black grapes that are best grown in cooler environments. The Pinot Noir grapes are soft and one of the best red wine varieties.
- Lightly tannic
- Fresh and light flavor
- Fruity aromas dependent on environment
- Zinfandel - Zinfandel grapes are extremely versatile red grapes that are used in white wine, rosé blends and red wines alike. Buy Zinfandel red wine online at Bag & String Wine Merchants.
- Zesty, fruity and fresh flavor
- Higher alcohol content
With our huge selection of French, Argentinian, Californian, Italian red wine and more, you’re certain to find the perfect variety of red wine to meet your palette and needs. We have both new and aged, vintage red wine bottles for you to discover and have the expertise to help guide you toward the exact bottle to meet your needs. Call or stop by our Lakewood, NY shop for more information!