The Beginner’s Guide to Drinking Red Wine

As shocking as it may seem, not too long ago we didn’t have a taste for red wine. We tried it after we started drinking wine regularly, thinking it’d be as delightful as our favorite white. But we didn’t account for the higher tannin levels of reds leaving a distinctly acidic taste in our mouths. At first, we weren’t sure we liked it.

We have since made the valiant decision to fully enter the world of red wine drinkers, and we’re glad we did. There’s a lot more depth with red wine than whites, and the options for pairing with food are seemingly limitless. If you’re still stuck on trying red wines, here are four tips to help make the adjustment a little easier. 

rose lineup

Start with a Rosé

It’s made in the same way that white wine is, which makes it a good starting point between white and red.

Look for a red wine that is lighter-bodied 

Like Pinot Noir, Grenache, or Sangiovese.

Pair red wine with food

This will help to smooth the tannins. For example, the fat and protein in cheese will bind to your tongue instead of the harsh tannins in the wine, making the wine taste much smoother.

Take note of the flavors and aromas 

When tasting red wines, consciously take note of the flavors and aromas you are experiencing. You can check out what flavors are dominant in red wines here. This is what really got us into red wine.

We promise, it IS possible to like red wine even if you’re usually a white wine drinker! Try it out and let us know how it goes in the comment section. 



Bright Cellars

Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.

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