Valpolicella

The region’s most famous wine, Amarone della Valpolicella, partially dries grapes to increase concentration in a process called appasimento. Corvina is the darling grape of the Valpo blend and known for its flavors of cherries and chocolate.

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Vin Santo

Vin Santo or “holy wine” is a rare dessert wine found mostly in Tuscany. The grapes are first dried on straw mats to concentrate the sugars and can take as long as 4 years to ferment.

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Vidal

A French hybrid grape, known principally for its use in ice wine making in Canada. The vines are ideal for ice wine, as they are incredibly hardy and suited to harsh winters.

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Vinho Verde

A regional wine blend from Portugal offered in both white, rosé and red styles. The most popular style is a fun, fruity white that usually has a touch of spritz.

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Xarel-lo

One of the three main grapes used in the production of sparkling Cava (along with Parellada and Macabeo). Xarel-lo is noted to complement the richness of Macabeo (aka Viura) with high acidity.

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Vouvray

A regional wine from France’s Loire Valley dedicated to the production of wines from the Chenin Blanc grape; available in an array of styles from dry to sweet, and still to sparkling.

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Xinomavro

The most important grape of Naoussa, Greece where wine enthusiasts often cite the Xinomavro’s similarities to the Nebbiolo grape and the collector-worthy wine’s of Barolo.

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Txakoli (White)

A bone dry, slightly spritzy wine from Spain’s Basque Country, produced in three different regions from a host of grapes, most importantly Hondarrabi Zuri.

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Sauvignon Blanc

A popular and unmistakable white wine that’s loved for its “green” herbal flavors and racy acidity. Sauvignon Blanc grows nearly everywhere and thus, offers a variety of styles ranging from lean to bountiful.

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Sancerre

A regional wine from the Loire Valley of central France. Wines are mostly Sauvignon Blanc (and very rarely: Pinot Noir). Sauvignon Blanc is exceptionally lean and textured from Sancerre’s chalky soils.

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