Verdicchio

A fascinating white found primarily in the Marche of Italy where Verdicchio wines are loved for their sweet, peachy aromatics and somewhat oily texture.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Grillo

At home in Sicily; the table wines that result are full in body, with a floral, herbal aroma. A major component of Sicily’s fortified flagship wine: Marsala.

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Loureiro

One of the major grapes used in the wines of the northern Portuguese wine region Vinho Verde. The wines are bright and display aromas of peach, ripe citrus and white blossom.

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Garganega

An important Italian white that’s loved for its lean, dry style that gains rich tangerine and toasted almond notes as it ages. Garganega is the main grape of Soave (swah-vay.)

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