What Are the Driest Red Wines?

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Many red wines can be dry, but some of the best-known dry red wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

Dry red wines are more popular worldwide than sweet red wines.
Dry red wines are more popular worldwide than sweet red wines. (Image: Siri Stafford/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Types

Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots tend to be fuller-bodied than Chiantis or Pinot Noirs. Pinot Noirs are quite delicate, while Chiantis pair especially well with Italian cuisine. Cabernet Sauvignons are famous for their complexity, while Merlots are lauded for their lush drinkability.

Cabernet Sauvignons are complex and full-bodied.
Cabernet Sauvignons are complex and full-bodied. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Features

Dry red wines tend to be somewhat acidic as well as higher in alcohol than other types of wine.

Dry red wines are acidic and higher in alcohol.
Dry red wines are acidic and higher in alcohol. (Image: Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Significance

There are two main factors that contribute “dry” characteristics to wine. One is the amount of residual sugar left in a wine after fermentation; the other is the amount and type of tannins present in a wine, which can give it a mouth-puckering or rough texture.

tannins in the wine can give a mouth-puckering effect.
tannins in the wine can give a mouth-puckering effect. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Uses

Dry red wines may be enjoyed alone or with food. They especially complement red meat, chocolate and other robust foods.

Dry red wine pairs well with food.
Dry red wine pairs well with food. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Considerations

In addition to the dry red wines listed above, other varietals of wine may be quite dry, depending upon how and where they were made. Some Riojas and Malbecs can be dry, as well as some Burgundies, Bordeaux and Cote du Rhones. Experimentation is the best way to determine your favorite dry red wine.

Experimenting is the best way to find your favorite red wine.
Experimenting is the best way to find your favorite red wine. (Image: John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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