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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Verdejo

An herbaceous white wine that grows almost exclusively in the Rueda region of Spain. Not to be confused with Verdelho, a Portuguese grape used in primarily in Madeira.

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Vermentino

Vermentino is an important white of Sardinia and Tuscany where producers offer both oaked and unoaked styles. It’s also one of the top white blending grapes included in Provence Rosé (labeled as Rolle).

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Viognier

A rich, oily white wine that originated in the Northern Rhône and is rapidly growing in popularity in California, Australia, and beyond. Wines are often age in oak to deliver Chardonnay-like richness.

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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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Zweigelt

Austria’s most planted red wine grape and is a cross between Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent (tastes like Pinot Noir). Resulting wines are bright, tart, and fruity.

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Sauvignon Blanc

A popular and unmistakable white that’s loved for its “green” herbal flavors and sky high acidity. Sauvignon Blanc grows nearly everywhere and is produced in a variety of methods resulting in a wide that range 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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Savatiano

Greece’s most planted variety is starting to make a comeback as more winemakers focus on quality producing richer, full-bodied white wines reminiscent of Chardonnay.

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Sherry

The top fortified wine of Spain made primarily with Palomino grapes and extended oxidative aging. It’s available in a range of styles of bone dry to very sweet.

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