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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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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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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Furmint

Furmint is one of the most important Hungarian varieties famously used in Tokaji Aszú dessert wines, but also available as a dry wine in a similar in style to Riesling.

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Gewürztraminer

Treasured for its intense floral aromas, Gewürztraminer has thrived for centuries around Germany. Quality examples are ageworthy, but most are best enjoyed in their youth to preserve acidity.

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Graševina

Graševina, a.k.a. Welschriesling, is the most widely planted white grape in Croatia, but confusingly has no link to German Riesling. Wines are typically neutral and easy drinking.

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Encruzado

A rare Portuguese white wine with exceptional quality and ability to be aged in oak, giving it a similar taste to white Burgundy; it shows a distinct, slatey minerality.

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Cap Classique

kap klass-eek Primary Flavors Lemon White Cherry Ginger Cream Brioche Taste Profile Dry Light Body None Tannins High Acidity 10–11.5% ABV Handling SERVE 38–45°F / 3-7°C GLASS TYPE Flute DECANT No CELLAR 5–10 Years Food Pairing Often a touch fruitier than French sparklers, Cap Classique wines pair excellently with chicken and pork dishes that play […]

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