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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Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Hailing from Tuscany, this white grape is also the varietal in the Tuscan regional wine with the same name. Wines are bright, citrusy and crisp, and lend a slight bitter note on the finish.

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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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Schiava

A group of several varieties, the finest of which is called Schiava Gentile. Wines are sweetly aromatic and light-bodied with aromas reminiscent to cotton candy and roses.

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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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Trebbiano Toscano

One of the top wine grapes of Italy and France (where it’s called Ugni Blanc). That said, you’d never realize it because Trebbiano is mostly used in brandy and balsamic vinegar production!

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Picpoul

A very old French white wine variety that’s recently become increasingly popular for its lip-zapping white wines that pair perfectly with shellfish and fried foods.

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Moschofilero

A richly aromatic white wine that hails from the small region of Mantíneia, close to Tripoli in Peloponnese, Greece.

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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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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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