Verdelho

This Portuguese native is one of the four key grapes used in the production of Madeira; it is found little elsewhere, though select Australian producers are making quality wines.

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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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Zinfandel (Primitivo)

A fruit-forward-yet-bold red that’s loved for its red fruit flavors and smoky exotic spice notes. Originally from Croatia and related to top Croatian grape, Plavic Mali.

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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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Sémillon

An important white grape of Bordeaux, including the prized dessert wine, Sauternes. Wines can be surprisingly rich and when oaked, can taste similar to Chardonnay.

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St. Laurent

Likely originating in Austria, this small berried vine yields cherry flavoured wines that have been compared to a deeper coloured, beefier version of Pinot Noir.

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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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Rhône Blend (White)

The rare white wines of the Rhône Valley offer a terrific alternative for Chardonnay lovers. Wines are typically a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne with a little Viognier and Grenache Blanc thrown in.

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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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Palomino Fino

Palomino is the prized pony in the sherry triangle; most notably Jerez, where it grows on chalky soils called albariza (al-bah-ree-tha,) and is used in making Sherry. A few still, dry, single-varietal wines exist and expound saltiness.

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