ABOUT RED WINE Red wine is an alcoholic beverage and a type of wine made by fermenting dark-colored grape varieties. The actual color of the wine can range from intense violet, typical of young wines, through to brick red for mature wines and brown for older red wines. Most common type of Red Wine grapes: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache/Garnacha, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah/Shiraz, and Zinfandel. Here are some of the best red wines from around the globe: Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz, La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Ruffino Chianti DOCG and. Simi Sonoma County Merlot. Some must-try Red wine brands: Chateau Haut-Brion, Marques De Riscal, Joel Gott, Ruffino Chianti, Simi Sonoma County, and more!