Types of Wine
An important characteristic determining the flavour and character of a wine is the grape variety it is produced from. There are thousands of grape varieties…
The Peach aroma can be found mainly in premium white wines, such as the Chardonnay, the Riesling or the Greco, no matter which is the region of production. It is also recognizable in other grapes like the Gewürztraminer or the Muscat, which is used to make excellent dry and sweet aromatic wines like the French ones of Alsace.
CARMENERE , Chile’s own signature grape, this red varietal disappeared from European vineyards in the mid-19th century and reappeared among Chile’s Merlot vines a hundred years later. The deepest, darkest, purplest of all red grapes needs a long growing season to reach its fullest potential. Rich in berry fruits and spice (think blackberries and black pepper), with smooth, well-rounded tannins, making this a very pleasing and easy to drink varietal.
TREBBIANO is the second most widely planted grape in the world. It gives good yields, but makes undistinguished wine at best. It can be fresh and fruity, but does not keep long. Its high acidity makes it important in Cognac production. Also known as Ugni Blanc, in particular in France, it has many other names reflecting a family of local subtypes, particularly in Italy and France.
Off-the-Beaten-Path White Wine Varieties
If you've found that you're growing tired of drinking the same white wines (such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc) over and over again, it's time to end the wine doldrums. Here are a few white wine varieties that don't get a lot of time in the spotlight, but are well worth a search, and are just waiting for you to discover their charms.
Off-the-Beaten-Path Red Wine Varieties
It's time to freshen up your relationship! Bench your Merlot , Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or Syrah and try something new! There is a whole world of red waiting to be tasted!Here are a few off-the-beaten-path red wine grape varieties that can get you started on your hunt for something a bit more exotic than the normal fare on the wine store shelf.
MOURVEDRE grape varietal is often blended with other grape varietal such as Grenache. Lately, producers explore 100% Mourvedre wines, which are very tannic and high in alcohol. Frequency: Fairly well planted around the world. Synonym(s): “morastell” or “monastrell” in Spain. In California known as “mataro”. Origin: Provence (France) since the 14th century.