Viura

The most important white grape of Rioja where wines evolve over 10 or more years. In Catalonia, Viura is called Macabeo and is the primary blending grape in Cava sparkling wines.

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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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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 Jaune

A rare, oxidized French white with bizarrely unique aromas. Occassionally, you’ll find it used in cooking where it adds an indescrible nutty taste to classic French dishes.

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Vinsanto

Confusingly, not Italy’s Vin Santo, Vinsanto is a Greek sweet wine made in a passito style (sun-dried grapes) and known mostly from Santorini where it’s made with Assyrtiko.

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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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Touriga Franca

A northern Portuguese native, used mainly in Port wine production, as well as blended table wines of the Dão. Wines are deep in colour, with floral, red-fruit flavours.

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Touriga Nacional

An increasingly important red from Portugal that was originally used in Port wines and is now featured in single varietal wines and red blends from the Douro Valley.

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Sauternais

A group of rare dessert wines from Bordeaux made with Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes infected with a special kind of rot called Botrytis cinerea that concentrates the grape sugars.

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Tokaji Aszú

A notable Hungarian sweet wine made mostly of Furmint grapes that are affected by a special rot called Botrytis cinerea. The rot concentrates the grape’s sugars and adds distinct aromas of ginger and saffron.

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