Zinfandel

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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Zweigelt

Austria’s most planted red wine grape and is a cross between Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent (tastes like Pinot Noir). Resulting wines are bright, tart, and fruity.

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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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Valpolicella

The region’s most famous wine, Amarone della Valpolicella, partially dries grapes to increase concentration in a process called appasimento. Corvina is the darling grape of the Valpo blend and known for its flavors of cherries and chocolate.

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Vin Jaune

A rare, oxidized French white with bizarrely unique aromas. Occassionally, you’ll find it used in cooking where it adds an indescrible nutty taste to classic French dishes.

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Vinho Verde

A regional wine blend from Portugal offered in both white, rosé and red styles. The most popular style is a fun, fruity white that usually has a touch of spritz.

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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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Verdejo

An herbaceous white wine that grows almost exclusively in the Rueda region of Spain. Not to be confused with Verdelho, a Portuguese grape used in primarily in Madeira.

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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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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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