“A glass of red wine a day keeps the health problems away.” Red wines come in several different varieties, just as whites do. However, in my opinion, red wines offer much more including a multiplicity of health benefits. Reds are often times more structured and complex than whites but also can possess a soft, structured quality about them. Red wines are those wines that are what most people would consider to be an “acquired taste.”They are usually dry; though there are some sweet reds that beginning wine drinkers are drawn towards, such as Stella Rosa Black or Banfi Rosa Regale. However, most people learn to appreciate the drier reds by expanding their palates and taking chances. Red wines are best in the fall and winter months. Usually, the heavier the wine, the later in the year it should be drank. It typically moves from white to rose’ to red. However, whatever people prefer is what they will drink no matter what month or time of year.
This week’s post features Diora La Petite Grace 2014 Pinot Noir. I decided to go with this wine because though it is in the earlier part of the year, it is a lighter wine. Pinot Noir is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, etcetera; therefore, I tend to lean more towards them if I am drinking a red wine. On pour, this wine has a rich, ruby color. On the nose, there are aromas of black cherries and mocha. Tasting this wine presents a soft and silky feeling on the palate along with semi-sweet, dark chocolate, some spice and a hint of coffee beans. The flavors complement each other well. The taste is definitely full-bodied and powerful with a lasting finish that is actually quite pleasant. It’s almost like placing a dark chocolate Hershey’s kiss in your mouth and letting it slowly dissolve on the tongue. Food pairings recommendations for this wine: chocolate, ribs, steak and pizza with atypical toppings. Diora Pinot Noir has an alcohol content of 14.5% and costs around $22 a bottle before tax. It is definitely a wine that I found to appreciate while transitioning from sweeter wines. It’s not too heavy for beginners in the least bit and the quality of the wine is most certainly excellent for its price point. If you’re looking for something new to try in red wine, I highly recommend this wine. After all, who doesn’t love chocolate?