Classic grapes

An Illustrated Guide to Barbera From Italy

An Illustrated Guide to Barbera From Italy

Barbera is quite the comeback story. Once the redheaded stepchild of Piedmont winemakers, relegated to the lesser vineyards behind its golden-boy brother Nebbiolo, Barbera is now known for making easy-drinking, acid-driven, everyday reds that pair with everything from pizza to barbecued meats. Some winemakers are even planting Barbera in top vineyards throughout the Langhe subregion […]

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These Three Wine Regions Are Redefining What Sauvignon Blanc Can Be

These Three Wine Regions Are Redefining What Sauvignon Blanc Can Be

Sauvignon Blanc is not a cool grape. It’s a classic, certainly, but it isn’t cool. That’s due in part to decades of ubiquity. The third-most popular white grape variety among U.S. consumers, Sauvignon Blanc is found everywhere from grocery stores to romance novels to scented candles. Hailing from New Zealand, France, or sometimes California, it […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Pinot Gris from Alsace

An Illustrated Guide to Pinot Gris from Alsace

While Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris may be the same grape, it’s somewhat fitting that two different names exist, as the grape can make two wildly different styles of wine. While Pinot Grigio from Italy is often simple and refreshing, Pinot Gris from Alsace is intensely concentrated and multifaceted, with flavors that include white flower, […]

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A Guide to Merlot Styles Around the World

A Guide to Merlot Styles Around the World

Drinkers today have so many opportunities to explore new wines made from obscure grape varieties, the classics can seem unfashionable. But, just like a perfectly tailored navy suit, the classics remain steadfast for a reason. Merlot has been overlooked by wine consumers in recent years. Regardless, it’s one of the world’s greatest grapes, as exemplified […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Grenache from France

An Illustrated Guide to Grenache from France

While Syrah is king in the northern Rhône, Grenache rules its southern sphere. There, it is produced as either a blended or varietal wine. The hardy grape adapts well to the region’s warm, dry climate, producing wines that are light in color but full-bodied and fairly alcoholic. Grenache generally brings ripe and jammy red fruit, spice, […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Grüner Veltliner

An Illustrated Guide to Grüner Veltliner

While Riesling is very successful in Austria’s vineyards, the country’s signature white grape is Grüner Veltliner. A less aromatic grape variety, Grüner Veltliner is known for its bright acidity, food-friendliness, lip-smacking citrus, herbal spice, and strong minerality. While Grüners labeled Reserve (or Smaragd in the Wachau) can be quite rich, the average Grüner Veltliner is […]

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