Xinomavro

The most important grape of Naoussa, Greece where wine enthusiasts often cite the Xinomavro’s similarities to the Nebbiolo grape and the collector-worthy wine’s of Barolo.

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Sagrantino

A rare, central-Italian red found mostly in Umbria. It’s recently been noted to contain some of the highest polyphenol (antioxidants) levels of of any red wine.

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Tannat

Tannat is the most planted variety of Uruguay where it was studied to determine that it contains some of the highest polyphenols (antioxidants) of all red wines.

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Touriga Nacional

An increasingly important red from Portugal that was originally used in Port wines and is now featured in single varietal wines and red blends from the Douro Valley.

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Priorat

A Spanish regional wine blend known largely for its full, dusty red wines made primarily from Grenache and Carignan. The best age a minimum of five years before release and some include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for additional complexity.

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Merlot

Merlot is loved for it’s boisterous black cherry flavors, supple tannins, and chocolatey finish. On the high end, it’s often mistaken with Cabernet Sauvignon and commonly blended with it.

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Montepulciano

A popular Italian red grape found mostly labeled as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The best examples deliver complex black fruit flavors and a smoky-sweet finish.

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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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Nero d’Avola

Sicily’s most important red wine variety is often likened to Cabernet Sauvignon due to its full-bodied style and flavors of black cherry and tobacco.

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Petit Verdot

Considered a minor blending grape in Bordeaux, Petit Verdot has shown promise as a single-varietal wine in warmer climates where it makes smooth full-bodied reds.

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