What’s Your Go-to Red Wine Varietal?

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The Go-to Red Wine Varietal, According to You!

Here at Bright Cellars we like tasting new, interesting wines, but we also have our favorites we reach for no matter the occasion or season. Which got us thinking: What’s your go-to red wine?

When we asked around the office most people said it is between Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Who can blame them for thinking that? Those are some of the best known grape varietals in the world. 

The Results

The Bright Cellars’ employees got it right again this week! It’s like they work at a wine company or something?! Here is the top red wine varietals according to you:

  • 41.7% of respondents said their go-to red wine is Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • 26.9% of respondents said their favorite red wine is Pinot Noir.
  • 11.4% of respondents said their go-to red varietal is Syrah or Shiraz.
  • 10.7% of respondents said their favorite red wine is Merlot.
  • 5.5% of respondents said their go-to red wine is Tempranillo.
  • 3.9% of respondents said their favorite red wine is Garnacha or Grenache.

It is no surprise that Cab is in the number one spot! It is the world’s most popular red wine grape for a reason. Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine that is a natural cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. 

Pinot Noir is in our top 5 favorite red wines as well. This light-bodied red wine is great for summertime sipping as well as sipping in the fall

Red wine is also a lot healthier than you thought (at least in moderation). It has a natural compound called resveratrol. This comes from grape skins which have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

We also asked Bright Cellars’ Instagram community this question. Here are some of our favorite responses:

  • Pinot Noir or a good Malbec!
  • Malbec or Carmenere for me!
  • Umm Cab obviously!

The results from Instagram were similar to the ones from the Glass Half Full readers. Most of the responses were saying Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir!

go-to red wine - Grasp and Grabble Cab Sauvignon
Bright Cellars Grasp and Grabble Cabernet Sauvignon

Right now our favorite Cab is Bright Cellars’ Grasp and Grabble Cabernet Sauvignon from Santan Ynez Valley in CA. This Cab features flavors of figs, dates, black currant, and plum. As well as flavors of vanilla and baking spices!

Things to Remember

While red wine does have a lot of great health benefits it is important to remember to only drink it in moderation! Also, make sure you use these tips to prevent wine teeth as well. 

It is also important to keep trying new things! If there is a red wine on the list that you haven’t tried, reach out to our Wine Concierge Team at concierge@brightcellars.com to see if we can get one into your next box! Also, try these white wines for red wine lovers

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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.

  1. Cabs were my fave of the available options but I’m actually more likely to reach for a Zin, if I have the choice between the two!

    1. Hi William! We love Petite Sirah as well. We didn’t add it to this list because it is a rarer varietal. Thanks for reading!

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