For many, red wine, in its thousands of different variations, is the main event, and it’s certainly true that we list and sell far more red wine than any other type. The colour in red wine comes from the skins of the grapes, as do many valuable compounds which provide structure and tannin and help the best of it age and improve over long periods of time. That said, most red wine is actually made to be drunk within a year of purchase, and modern winemaking techniques mean that there is much more easy-drinking red available now than ever before, including some lighter styles that are delicious chilled.

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