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Red Grapes

Varieties And Health Benefits
Published on January 30, 2011

Red grapes were the first variety of grape to be domesticated; domestication of this grape first originated in Turkey, where not only were the grapes eaten, but they were crushed and mixed with the naturally occurring yeast on the skin of the grape in order to create the first red wine. Grapes that are red in color are noted for their anti-oxidant content and their anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers have discovered that up to two glasses of red wine a day has protective effects on the cardiovascular system and helps to combat aging. These same benefits can be found by eating these grapes without the necessity of drinking alcohol.

Red grapes are grown in various locations around the globe, each being best suited to a particular climate. Below you will find some of the most common red grape varieties.

The Merlot grape originated in Bordeaux, France and is used to make wine that is medium to full-bodied with flavors reminiscent of blackberries and plums. Pinot Noir grapes are most associated with the Burgundy area, but are grown in many parts of the world today from New Zealand to Oregon. These grapes produce fruity flavored wine that takes on an earthy tone with age.

The Zinfandel grape is a popular variety grown in California. This grape can be made into both white and red wines and is full of berry flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic red grape variety with a bold, fruity flavor that often has a hint of mint or wood tones. This grape originated in the Bordeaux area but grows in many warm climates today from South Africa to California.

The Malbec grape is grown primarily in Argentina and makes deeply colored wines with a strong berry flavor. Cabernet Franc is a light red grape that is used to make soft wines. It is mostly grown in Bordeaux and frequently used for blending with other grapes. Dolcetto grapes are grown in the Italian Piedmont and make the best wine when they are young. They impart the flavors of cherries and almonds.

Grenache is a Spanish red grape is often used in blended wines. It has a fully fruity flavor that has a hint of raspberry. Nebbiolo grapes offer a complex taste and aroma that is a blend of flowers, wood, and berries. These wines are grown in the Piedmont, Italy area and are used to make classic, full-bodied wines.

In terms of nutritional content, red grapes are an excellent source of manganese which has an important role in many biochemical functions in the body, especially in the brain. Manganese deficiency can result in vomiting, nausea, skin rashes, and loss of hair color. Besides manganese, red colored grapes are also high in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamine, and riboflavin, all of which help to support the body's natural functions and are an important part of your daily diet. In short, red grapes offer a bevy of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, with their resveratrol and anthocyanin contents.

Much like the often studied red wine, grapes that are red have incredible protective benefits for your cardiovascular system and your brain. You would be served well by eating a handful of red grapes each day.

Patrick Beaufort is the owner of Grape Growing School, a website that teaches you how to grow grapes in your own backyard. Please visit his website to sign up for a free 10-day mini-course on growing grapes.

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Top 10 Varietals for August, 2019

Pinot Noir is the most popular wine varietal chosen by our visitors this month.

This varies by season so if you're looking for something tasty to drink this summer, Pinot Noir is a great choice. The others are shown below:

1. Pinot Noir
2. Red Bordeaux Blend
3. Syrah
4. Nebbiolo
5. Cabernet Sauvignon
6. Merlot
7. Chardonnay
8. Red Blend
9. Sangiovese
10. Riesling

Top 10 Producers for August, 2019

Wines from Sapphire Hill were selected by our visitors the most this month, making them the most popular choice for consumers.

If you're looking for a wine suggestion, Sapphire Hill might be a great place to start. The others are shown below.

1. Sapphire Hill
2. Phelan Vineyard
3. Stephen Test
4. Ferdinand Pieroth
5. Adelsheim
6. Silver Oak
7. Louis Jadot
8. Viansa
9. Andrew Will
10. Bruno Giacosa