Which Reds Should I Add To My Online Wine Shop?

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You may have been tempted to try some red wine, but are still feeling daunted about what type you should add to your next online wine shop.

There's no need to be afraid - red wine has a reputation among many people as being overpowering in flavour, but that doesn't have to be the case, and there are plenty of mellow options to get you started while you build your palate for the more flavoursome big-hitters.

Merlot is many people's 'gateway' red, and it's hard to go wrong by adding a couple of bottles to your next online wine shop as your first foray into the darker side of viticulture.

Usually soft with a well-rounded texture, Merlot is low in tannins, which helps to reduce some of the 'rough' taste that many people experience when drinking red wine for the first time.

Cabernet Sauvignonis also worth considering - it's often blended with Merlot anyway, but even on its own, it's a crowd-pleasing grape for newcomers and experienced red wine enthusiasts alike.

It's also grown in very nearly every red wine region in the world, so if you want to try Australian, Californian and Chilean red wines from the same grape variety, this is your chance.

Again, Cabernet Sauvignon starts from a very reasonable price point, so there's little at risk if you add a couple of bottles to your case during your next online wine shop.

If you have made the journey to red via rose wines, then you might want to consider Zinfandel - you'll probably know it as White Zinfandel, which is used in blush wines from pale pink to a peachy colour.

Zinfandel is also used to produce real reds though, and while some of these are quite rich in flavour, your palate may have the basis it needs from having experienced the lighter side of this grape