grapes

6 Questions About Rosé You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

6 Questions About Rosé You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

Rosé is in full bloom. The category grew 53 percent by volume in 2017 and, given a recent flush of sales and product launches, 2018 is set to be another banner year. If you have some lingering questions about rosé — where it comes from, how it’s made, and what makes it so popular — rest assured […]

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This Italian Grape Is Back From Near-Extinction, Thanks to One Winemaker

This Italian Grape Is Back From Near-Extinction, Thanks to One Winemaker

Wine experts believe that Italy is home to more native wine grapes than any other country in the world. Yet many Italian wine lovers can’t name more than a handful of the estimated 2,000 varieties of Italy, sticking to their preferred Nebbiolo or Sangiovese. Some of the country’s most interesting grapes remain under the radar […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Tempranillo

An Illustrated Guide to Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a gorgeous grape indigenous to Spain. In fact, the Spanish are super proud of this grape because they have been making it into wine for over 2,000 years. Full of body, fruit, and acidity, Tempranillo is wonderful with beef stew, steak, or anything requiring a bold partner. Read more about this spectacular grape in our […]

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The World’s Most Popular Grapes Come From Only Three Countries

The World’s Most Popular Grapes Come From Only Three Countries

Despite the current craze for off-the-beaten-path wines and rare indigenous varieties, sometimes it’s nice to just stick with the classics. Classic grape varieties are timeless; they’re comfortable, easy to find, and provide a point of reference when learning about less popular varieties. According to the International Business Times, the 10 most popular grape varieties (in […]

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Why So Many Great Vineyards Are On Hills

Why So Many Great Vineyards Are On Hills

Running a vineyard is like selling real estate: location is everything. That’s not news if you’re an adventurous wine drinker and have discovered that wines from snowy hilltops in Germany taste different  from those from sunny California. But ”location” isn’t always simple. In the best and worst climates, from the frozen Finger Lakes to Grecian […]

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7 Bottles to Taste to Learn About Mourvèdre

7 Bottles to Taste to Learn About Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre is one of our favorite red grapes. It buds and ripens late, produces firm wines that can be high in alcohol, and creates deliciously earthy wines with soft fruit flavors. One of the many glorious grape varietals of the Mediterranean, the grape is extremely popular in the Rhone Valley and Provence regions of France (hello, […]

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The Difference Between Wine Grapes And Table Grapes

The Difference Between Wine Grapes And Table Grapes

If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t head to the grocery store, pick up some concord, red, or green grapes, bring them home, crush them and turn them into delicious wine, congratulations, you’ve wondered what most people wonder but have been too afraid to ask: what’s the actual difference between table grapes and wine grapes? […]

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