Roussanne

An intriguing, rare full-bodied white found mostly in Southern France where it’s blended into white blends with Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and sometimes Viognier.

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Merlot

Merlot is loved for it’s boisterous black cherry flavors, supple tannins, and chocolatey finish. On the high end, it’s often mistaken with Cabernet Sauvignon and commonly blended with it.

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Monastrell (Mourvèdre)

A deeply bold, smoky red wine found in abundance in Central Spain and Southern France (where it’s known as Mourvèdre). Monastrell is the “M” in the Rhône / GSM blend.

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Müller-Thurgau

A cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royal, the vines are known to be hyper-productive and thus, most wines are somewhat boring. That said, quality minded wineries offer Müller-Thurgau with the same complexity as fine Riesling.

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Muscadine

Muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia) is a North American grape species that’s naturally high in polyphenols (antioxidants). Wines are exceptionally challenging to make well, given that so few are doing it.

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Muscat of Alexandria

Another important Muscat variety used primarily for dessert wines that delivers slightly more mandarin orange, orange zest and sweet rose notes than Muscat Blanc.

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Moscatel de Setúbal

A rich and honeyed fortified dessert wine made primarily with Muscat of Alexandria grapes grown on the Setúbal peninsula in Southern Portugal.

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Negroamaro

A red wine that grows in abundance in Puglia but almost nowhere else; producing wines with rich black fruit flavors with a distinct finish of dried herbs.

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Nero d’Avola

Sicily’s most important red wine variety is often likened to Cabernet Sauvignon due to its full-bodied style and flavors of black cherry and tobacco.

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Norton

An American hybrid of Vitis vinifera and Vitis aestivalis that shows excellent promise for winemaking in America’s midwest. Wines are often rich with both fruity and savory flavors.

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