All You Need to Know About Pinot Meunier: A Quick Guide

All You Need to Know About Pinot Meunier: A Quick Guide

Pinot Meunier is a light and aromatic red variety with a good amount of "juicy" fruit. It's similar in style to Pinot Noir, which makes sense since it's a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. (Genetic mutation = a slow and natural reproduction of cells,...

All You Need to Know About Barbera: A Quick Guide

All You Need to Know About Barbera: A Quick Guide

Barbera is a dark and juicy grape grown in the Piedmont region of Italy. In fact, it is the most grown grape there. It was once known for everyday drinking wines, but is currently getting more recognition for quality and (along with many other Italian reds) pairs...

All You Need to Know About Semillon: A Quick Guide

All You Need to Know About Semillon: A Quick Guide

    Semillon is a thin skinned, early ripening variety used primarily as a blending grape in many regions. Youthful or single-variety wines can be lighter (bodied) and very bright with some herbal and citrus notes. However, if given five to ten years, these...

All You Need to Know About Gewürztraminer: A Quick Guide

All You Need to Know About Gewürztraminer: A Quick Guide

    Gewürztraminer is a pink-skinned white wine variety that is considered very "aromatic". This means it is full of pungent FLORAL aromas and flavors. For many, it's a 'love it or hate it' variety. For me, I have to be in the right mood, but when that mood...

All You Need To Know About Malbec: A Quick Guide

All You Need To Know About Malbec: A Quick Guide

Malbec is the most well-known red grape from Argentina, although it originated in France as one of the 6 Bordeaux blending varieties (however, it's used in minimal quantities now). It's a dinner crowd favorite as it's velvety and easy drinking (but also structured)  A...

All you need to know about Grenache: A quick guide

All you need to know about Grenache: A quick guide

Grenache is a thin-skinned red wine that is similar to Pinot Noir with its fruity flavors and bright acidity. The fuller body and ripe fruit consistency put it in a somewhat different camp, though! There are different expressions of this grape depending on the region,...

All you need to know about Torrontés: A quick guide

All you need to know about Torrontés: A quick guide

Torrontés is a very aromatic white grape that became widely popular in Argentina (although may have originated in Spain). If you are a fan of extreme citrus and floral flavors, this is a wine you need to get your hands on.  A few more notes on Torrontés: It is a cross...

All you need to know about Carménère: A quick guide

All you need to know about Carménère: A quick guide

Carménère is a red wine variety that is quite often full of bold cherry, plum, pepper, and spice. It originated in France, but little is found there today after being almost wiped out by phylloxera. 98% of Carménère is grown in Chile! A few more notes on Carménère: It...

All you need to know about Sangiovese: A quick guide

All you need to know about Sangiovese: A quick guide

Have you had a good Chianti lately? If so, you have tasted the delicious variety known as Sangiovese! Sangiovese is Tuscany's most important red grape. It's used in Chianti, Chianti Classico, and 'The King' of Tuscan wine: Brunello di Montalcino!  The following guide...

All you need to know about Cabernet Franc: A quick guide

All you need to know about Cabernet Franc: A quick guide

Cabernet Franc is a red wine variety with a lot of power as well as elegance! The grape originated in Southwest France, with clippings eventually brought to The Loire Valley, where you will find some of the best! A few more notes on Cabernet Franc: It is a parent...

All you need to know about Nebbiolo: A quick guide

All you need to know about Nebbiolo: A quick guide

Nebbiolo is known as "King" of red wine in Italy. This variety is big, bold, and high in everything (acid, alcohol, and tannin). It is a POWERFUL grape! The funny thing about Nebbiolo is you would never guess it would be so intense! It is lighter in color (often soft...

All you need to know about Viognier: A quick guide

All you need to know about Viognier: A quick guide

Viognier is a full-bodied white wine that is rich and often very floral! This exotic variety is generally golden in color, dry, and can be oaked or unoaked. All styles are delightfully scrumptious. Viognier originated in the Rhône Valley (in Southern France). The...