Red Wine Basics

hi I'm Jordan Salcedo on a hakam today

we're going to talk about red wines so I

have here a selection of some of the

more popular grapes some of the more

well known grapes and also a few of the

more obscure ones the first wine is a

gam a from Beaujolais Beaujolais is the

southernmost region of Burgundy in

France Gamay is the grape here which is

which is a little bit different because

pinot noir is the grape of all of the

rest of Burgundy

Beaujolais gets a bad rap there's

Nouveau Beaujolais which is great it

comes out right after the harvest it's

meant to drink right away but it's not

really meant for ageing it may can be a

really serious grape and it is an

incredible value so this is from one of

the crew their 10 crew of Beaujolais

crew in this case just means town so

crew means different things in France

but in Beaujolais crew refers to one of

the top ten best areas for growing Gamay

this is from the crew of flurry just

moved for being really light and elegant

and refreshing very very floral so this

is a great wine to pair with food and

it's especially great for if you don't

like white wine this is a great wine to

start off your meal it's light it's very

elegant in body and it's a really lovely

lighter styled wine next we have Pinot

Noir from Burgundy

so this is Camille Giroux it's a great

producer and they make a fair amount of

wine that is distributed all over the

United States so usually get your hands

on a bottle if you're lucky this is from

the the commune of gibberish number 10

which was Napoleon's favorite red wine

he drank champagne and he drank wine

from specifically the vineyard of Lucia

Merton which is the vineyard after which

this town is named pinot noir from

burgundy is a little bit different than

Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley or

from Central Otago

or from anywhere else in the new world

in Burgundy it's all about the soil the

soil is very important and this bottle

is made from grapes grown on limestone

soil in the famous town of gyration

Burton which gives it structure which

gives it a great minerality this bottle

has a little bit of herbs a little bit

of cherry fruit it's lovely it's elegant

it's great with a roast chicken it's

great with great with a roasted pork

loin it's great with so many things

pinot noir is an incredibly versatile

wine and one of my absolute favorites in

the entire world

next you have Pinot Noir from California

and I love to show these too as a

point-counterpoint because they're so

completely different this is a bottle

from Sonoma Coast from the winery litter

I and this winemaker actually used to

make wine in Burgundy but still the

fruit is really ripe it's sort of like


almost almost candied it's that ripe in

that luscious so this is great if you

are if you want fruit that's it's much

more about fruit as opposed to minerals

this is a great great option next we

have Grenache from Australia so the

motherland of Grenache it's debatable

they think it's from Spain where it's

known as garnacha it's also very very

popular in the southern Rhone in France

it's the main grape of Chateauneuf du

Pape and Grenache is a great wine to

have in your in your quiver of wines

because it is a very low tannin grape so

it has low tannins and low acid which

makes it really plush and juicy and

lovely this one is made from

hundred-year-old vines in Barossa Valley

where the vines are really old and

gnarly and they produce just a few

bunches here and there that are really

concentrated this is also an incredible

value I highly I love this wine it's

great to drink on its own it's great to

drink with food and it's nice to know

that this is a wine with note

and very very low acidity next is sort

of a counterpoint to that this is Sanjiv

is a from Tuscany this is a row soda

Montalcino that just means it's like the

little sister of Brunello di Montalcino

which is made from the same grape

it's called Sangiovese grow so it just

spends less time aging in oak and

sometimes it's from younger vines but

this is a thin-skinned grape so it's

it's quite elegant and floral it also

has that great fresh acidity that sort

of tomato skin note that sour cherry

those roasted herbs it's a really

beautiful wine to pair with something

like a tomato sauce on a pasta or even a

plate of cured meats and cheeses this is

really a classic wine it's great to know

about and rosso is a great wine to know

about too because it's sort of like mini

Brunello for a fraction of the price

next we have Syrah so Sarah is known for

growing in the northern Rhone in France

so for back in France you have burgundy

here you have Beaujolais at the

southernmost region and the northern

Rhone starts just south of Beaujolais so

Syrah is a great fete it has a thicker

skin it's a denser wine it actually

doesn't have more tannins even though

there's a misperception that it does

sometimes it is a wine that has great

needy qualities especially from the

northern Rhone it tastes like smoked

bacon and black pepper almost a pastrami

note this one is from the Russian River

Valley in California is a little bit

riper than the Syrah so you'd find in

the northern Rhone but it's still going

to have that black pepper spice that

dark berry fruit blackberries and

blueberries and dark skinned plums and a

little bit of that smoked bacon fat it's

a really delicious food wine especially

if you have a nice roasted piece of meat

piece of steak any kind of game this is

this is the wine and finally we have a

Malbec from Mendoza in Argentina and

normally you've probably heard or tried

a lot of California Cabernet is from the

Napa Valley such a classic delicious

full-bodied red wine this is a great

up-and-coming wine that is that is still

an excellent value Mendoza is the may

the only major wine region with vines

that grow above 3,000 feet so these

vines are really close to the Sun they

get all that bright sunlight but they

also get these great cool nights from

all that high altitude which gives us

lovely freshness to the wine also

Mendoza and Argentina in general is

still an up-and-coming wine country in

wine region respectively so you can get

some amazing values here so European

settlers brought over Malbec from France

and planted the vines here and they

found that it actually grows better here

there are certain conditions that make

Malbec more delicious in Argentina than

in France you can still get Novik from

France but Argentina is really the place

that's making these beautiful Malbecs

and they've really taken it into their

own that really adopted it and made it

theirs this is a wine that has a little

bit less tannin than Cabernet but still

has beautiful structure beautiful dark

blue and black fruit a lot of coffee and

mocha notes a little tiny bit of roasted

herbs so this is a great wine to go with

all sorts of cuisine again a steak a

burger anything with red meat and it's

really one of the great value wines of

the world right now

wine is fun I hope you learned something

I hope you heard about a wine that you

are going to go out and try and love one

is something you can meditate over and

get all intellectual about or you can

just enjoy it and drink it and and call

it a day my name is jordan Salcido catch

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