Browse: Wine Types


Guide to Muscadine Wine

Posted to Learn About Wine on August 31st.

As we delved into understanding one of America’s true native wine grapes, we realized they are uniquely amazing, but the wines are a bit misunderstood.

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Wines made from Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Baco Noir and Marquette are making waves in the Midwestern States and Canada. Here’s what to know about these top French-Hybrid varieties.

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Since being planted in the United States, single-varietal Grenache Blanc wines continue to grow in popularity where it’s loved for its intense flavors, higher alcohol content, and plush style (when aged in oak) giving it an affinity with Chardonnay. Find out more about Grenache Blanc including tasting notes, serving tips, food pairing and where it grows best.

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Nerello Mascalese is a light-bodied red wine that primarily grows on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. Despite its rarity, the wine offers amazing value and a taste profile that’s often likened to fine Pinot Noir. Find out what this special Sicilian red has to offer.

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Young Aglianico wines are known for strikingly savory flavors of leather, white pepper, black fruits and cured meat that when aged, develop soft dusty aromas of dried figs and sun-tanned leather. For those of us who are a fan of rustic, terroir-driven wines, Aglianico is a star.

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While you’ll find all the usual suspects (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc etc…) in South America, there are a handful of lesser known varieties, that have taken on an almost uniquely South American identity. Here are the top five you need to know about:

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Chardonnay and Viognier are both full-bodied white wines but they have subtle differences. Learn how to identify these wines (even blind) and gain a deeper understanding how to pair them with food.

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Let’s take a look beyond Spain’s most popular wine (Tempranillo) to several unsung varieties that are well worthy of your drink budget. Included below, there are vintage recommendations and notes on what to look for.

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The more you know about Cava, the more you realize its similarities to Champagne. This article will help you identify great Cava wines by understanding the different styles and what to look for.

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Carménère Wine Guide

Posted to Learn About Wine on March 21st.

Carménère (“car-men-nair”) is a medium-bodied red wine that originated in Bordeaux, France and now grows almost only in Chile. The wine was saved from extinction when it was mistakenly identified as Merlot and transplanted…

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