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 […]
It might seem rude or snobbish to say, but not all grapes are created equal. It’s that simple. When it comes to wine, it’s been that black and white for the past hundred years. In short, native American grapes and hybrid American-Euro vines — varieties like Concord, Frontenac, and Vidal Blanc — are just not […]
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 […]
We all have our favorite, ”safe” grape varieties — you know, the ones we buy consistently every Friday night to pair with takeout, or the ones we order when faced with an intimidating wine list. But did you know there are over 10,000 grape varieties out there in the world?
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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? […]