Vinsanto

Confusingly, not Italy’s Vin Santo, Vinsanto is a Greek sweet wine made in a passito style (sun-dried grapes) and known mostly from Santorini where it’s made with Assyrtiko.

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Refosco

A family of closely related varieties found Northern Italy and neighboring Slovenia with genetic links to the grapes of Valpolicella. Wines range in body and style but usually feature deep color and elevated acidity.

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Muscadine

Muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia) is a North American grape species that’s naturally high in polyphenols (antioxidants). Wines are exceptionally challenging to make well, given that so few are doing it.

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Nerello Mascalese

A rare red Sicilian grape producing fine light to medium-bodied red wines reminiscent of Pinot Noir. The best examples are found growing on the volcanic soils of Mount Etna.

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Orange Wine

The name is a bit of a misnomer because this wine isn’t made with oranges, but rather white grapes that have been fermented on their skins, much like red wine.

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Grenache

Grenache (aka Garnacha) produces rich, flavorful red wines and deep, ruby-tinted rosé. The French have championed this grape in the Southern Rhône Valley but it’s original home is Spain!

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Malbec

Argentina’s most important variety came by way of France, where it’s commonly called Côt (sounds like “coat”). Wines are loved for their rich, dark fruit flavors and smooth chocolatey finish.

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Lambrusco

A family of 8 closely related grape varieties native to Italy that are made into sparkling wines, ranging from delicately colored rosés to deeply colored reds.

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Concord

An American grape of the vitis Labrusca species from Concord, Massachusetts; it is the most planted grape in New York, but used more for juice and flavoring than winemaking.

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Bobal

This under-the-radar grape happens to be the 2nd most planted red wine in Spain. Wines are loved for their fruity flavors, soft tannins, and velvety finish.

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