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This premier varietal grape yields a full-bodied, moderately acidic, dry austere wine. America's number one selling white wine, continues to climb in popularity to emerge as the most beloved of dry white wines. The Chardonnay grape itself also contributes to the wine's popularity. It is a relatively “low-maintenance” vine that adapts well to a variety of climates, resulting in fairly high yields worldwide. Chardonnays have an impressive range of flavors from the expected buttered, oak overtones to the fresh, fruit flavors of apple, pear, tropical, citrus and melon, leaving a lasting palate.
Pinot Grigio originated from France's Alsace region. This varietal can produce soft, gently perfumed wine, with more substance and color than most whites. Styles vary from crisp, light and dry, to rich, fat and honeyed. In Italy it is the most popular white. Pinot Grigio is typically a pale, straw-like yellow with some golden hues thrown in. The texture of a Pinot Grigio is very smooth, almost silk-like overtones that leave an impression on the palate.
Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, dry white varietal. Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes said to be more popular with experienced wine lovers because of its pronounced flavors of garden herbs or new-mown grass or hay. The wine should be clean and refreshing on the palate, with lively acidity. Sauvignon Blanc originated in the Loire Valley of France. However, New Zealand has taken this grape to new heights in the cool Marlborough region, producing racy wines with tropical fruit and gooseberry flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is usually a dry white wine with distinctive herbaceous qualities. This wine is widely available as a single varietal or as a blend with Semillon.
Gewurztraminer is a white grape grown predominantly in France, Germany, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, where the climate leans to the cooler side and the flavors have an opportunity to concentrate. Gewurztraminer can be made in dry or sweet varieties and are generally best if enjoyed sooner rather than later post-bottling. Flavors qualities include: honey, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, apricot, pear, and rose.
Riesling wines originated in Germany's Rhein and Mosel river valleys, it was here that this white grape gained its tenacious foothold in today's modern white wine market. A Riesling wine can span a broad range of styles, being produced in both dry to sweet variations as well as light to full-bodied. Riesling is one of the wine world's "new" sweethearts, enjoying double-digit market growth and culinary affections worldwide. Its food pairing versatility and refreshing palate appeal are among the top reasons for this renewed love affair. German Rieslings are categorized based on their style (levels of dryness) and the grape's ripeness level at harvest (i.e. Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, etc). When looking for a dry style of Riesling, the label's buzz words will be Trocken ("dry" in German) or Halbtrocken ("half-dry" in German).
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Originally from the Bordeaux region of France this grape produces a medium to full-bodied, densely colored wine, with a distinctive black currant aroma, fruity, berry flavor characterized by their high tannin content. Lightly oaked it can have a sweet vanilla finish, or heavily oaked it can have a cigar box finish. Cabernet Sauvignon is the worlds most sought after red wine. Cabs are often an ideal wine for aging, with 5-10 years being optimal for the maturation process to peak.
Originated from the Bordeaux region of France and means "young blackbird," probably because of its dark-blue color. It produces wines generally softer, with higher alcohol content than Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruity, full-bodied, with dark color, and characteristics of black currant, cherry, and mint can usually be enjoyed much earlier than Cabernets. The tannin levels are typically lower than a Cab and the fruit flavors make this a prime wine candidate for consumers just "getting into" red wines.
Zinfandel is the most widely planted grape in California and have its roots in Croatia. Zin is known for its rich, dark color, medium to high tannin levels and a higher alcohol content. The Zinfandel feature flavors include: raspberry, blackberry, cherry, plums, raisins, spice and black pepper all wrapped around various intensities of oak.
Old Vine Zinfandel
50 Year Old Vines. This hearty, dark ruby-colored red wine is filled with fruit, tannin, depth and complexity, with aromas of cherry, plum and chocolate. This sumptuous jam-like wine offers soft tannins and a smooth finish. Old Vin Zin is ideal for long aging.
Pinot Noir is one of the most difficult grapes to grow and make into fine wine, but is one of the very best when done properly. It has very specific requirements for its growing conditions needing warm days and cool nights. Pinot Noir is produced in much smaller quantities than other popular red wines, and consequently you will also pay a little more for Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir has low amounts of tannin and relatively high acid levels for a red grape, resulting in a sweet fruitiness. Pinot can taste of raspberries, strawberries, or cherries and at times a notable earthy or wood-like flavor. Pinot Noir found its fame in the Burgundy region of France, where it is the primary grape used for red wines. All Burgundy wines from France are made from Pinot Noir.
Originating from the Bordeaux region of France, this grape is among the "big six" for red wine grapes. In France Malbec is generally a grape used for blending, with very little vine being devoted to its improvement or success. The story in Argentina is quite the opposite. Malbec has found both fame and glory in the sun-drenched climate of Argentina. This is Argentina's signature grape and it is quickly making a new name for itself with red wine lovers. Malbec is typically a medium to full-bodied red wine. Ripe fruit flavors of plums and blackberry give it a jammy characteristic. The tannins are typically a bit tight and the earthy, wood-like appeal makes for a fairly rustic, yet versatile wine.
Syrah is a deep-colored red wine, rich in tannins and high in acidity. This varietal is known for its spicy blackberry, plum and peppery flavors and aromas. Warmer climates bring out the mellow flavors of plum, while cooler climates bring out spicy characteristics.
Petite Sirah is a flavorful and bold wine. This grape produces a dry, full-bodied, tannin wine; dark and inky, with spicy, ripe fruit flavors. The Petite Sirah is relative of the Durif grape. Petite Sirah produces tannic wines with a spicy, plummy flavor. The grape originated as a cross of Syrah pollen germinating a Peloursin plant. On some occasions, Peloursin and Syrah vines may be called Petite Sirah, usually because the varieties are extremely difficult to distinguish in old age.
Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central Italy, with the capability to produce styles ranging from red wines to still wines, sparkling wines to dessert wines, It’s the grape every grape wants to be, with at least 14 Sangiovese clones existing today.
Sangiovese is excellent as a blend, but when used as a sole varietal, it is hard and acidic. Winemakers tend to blend this varietal with Bordeaux grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and even white wine grapes, sometimes Trebbiano and Malvasia. Sangiovese’ role in Tuscany’s famous Chianti wines is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon’s key presence in Bourdeaux wines -- A typical Chianti wine permits 90% Sangiovese in its contents, amongst less superior white and red wine grapes.
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