the rhone region of france has a delightful selection of red varieties. there are 22 grapes allowed in the rhone AOC, about half of them red. most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. the primary red players of rhone blends are syrah, grenache and mourvedre. rhone blends are a wonderful combination of rustic and ripe-showing their flavors and delicious character upon release, although some rhone wines, particularily those with a good amount of syrah, are able to age for a few years. you'll find these delicious rhone blends around the globe, for example the central coast and santa barbara regions of california have a similar climate to the rhone, and the varietals flourish there.