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Dec 10, 2010 03:16 PM

Red wine -- not burgundy red or rose', but Santa-suit red / lipstick red / fire engine red

Are there any wines that are really red? Just curious.

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  1. No -- even grape juice isn't the color you describe, so it would be pretty hard to make a wine that color.

    You get some that are a rich red, but nothing of the lipstick or fire engine that you're talking about.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      Now, some grapes do have red juice, but none that would be carmine red.

      Cru Beaujolais would be my guess at closest to red, though most are more towards colorado - brick red.


    2. try Red Cat? that hottub wine? maybe?

      1. Are there any white wines that are really white? Milk-white?

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        1. re: RicRios

          Not a wine, and not "a milk", but nigori sake is white...

          1. re: penthouse pup

            This discussion vaguely reminds me of a famous yiddish saying:

            "As di bubbe volt gehat beytsim volt zi gevain mayn zaidah." (i.e. "If my grandmother had balls, she'd be my grandfather.")

            "If wine were fire engine red..."
            Nah, fuggedit.

          2. re: RicRios

            If you can get your hands on a very young vin du vache, I've heard it can be a stark milky-white.

            1. re: RicRios

              Probably "pale straw" does not come close enough.


            2. a few drops of red dye no. 2 in your pinot grigio should do the trick

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              1. re: jock

                [Insert very big grin here]


              2. Some darker rose wines will get close to the color you desire. Not totally there, but close. And one Champagne that will get you close is Leclerc Briant's Cuvee Rubis.