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The ultimate A-Z of grapes: T

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The ultimate A-Z of grapes: T

Tannat A red wine grape, historically grown in South West France in the Madiran AOC and is now one of the most prominent grapes in Uruguay, where it is considered the “national grape”. A French Tannat is characterized by its firm, tannic structure with raspberry aromas and the ability to age well. They often have a deep dark color with high level of alcohol. Tannat wines produced in Uruguay are characterized by more elegant and softer tannins and blackberry fruit notes.   Tempranillo Tempranillo is a variety of black grape widely grown to make full-bodied red wines. It is the main...

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The ultimate A-Z of grapes: S

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The ultimate A-Z of grapes: S

Sagrantino An Italian grape varietal that is indigenous to the region of Umbria in Central Italy, and makes some of that region’s most distinctive wines. It is grown primarily in the village of Montefalco. The grape is one of the most tannic varietals in the world, and creates wines that are inky purple with an almost-black centre. The nose is one of dark, brooding red fruits with hints of plum, cinnamon, and earth. Sangiovese Sangiovese is most famous as the main component of the Chianti blend in Tuscany. Young Sangiovese is fresh and fruity with strawberry and a little spiciness, but it readily...

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The ultimate A-Z of grapes: V to Z. Phew!

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The ultimate A-Z of grapes: V to Z. Phew!

If you're still reading, fair play to you! This series nearly broke me, but was great to put together. Valdiguié Valdiguié is a red wine grape grown primarily in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, where it is generally known by the alias Gros Auxerrois. In Gaillac it is known as Brocol, and in California it has been known as Napa Gamay. Valdiguié produces dark colored wines that are low in alcohol. The wines tend to be of light to medium body and are frequently made in a style similar to the true Gamay of Beaujolais. Some producers use carbonic...

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The ultimate A-Z of grapes: R

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The ultimate A-Z of grapes: R

Refosco Refosco is an Italian family of dark-skinned grape varieties native to the northern Italian areas of Friuli, Gavi, and Trentino.Refosco is also grown in Slovenian, and Croatian parts of Istria, under the name of Refošk, or Teran, respectively. The grape is also known as Terlan or Terlano. The wines this grape yields can be quite powerful and tannic, with a deep violet color and a slight bitterness. On the palate, there is strong currant, wild berry, and plum. The wine can stand some aging, and after a period of four-to-ten years, it achieves a floral quality as well. Riesling...

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The ultimate A-Z of grapes: P

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The ultimate A-Z of grapes: P

Palomino A white grape widely grown mainly in Spain. It’s best known for its use in the manufacture of Sherry and is split into the sub-varieties Palomino Fino, Palomino Basto, and Palomino de Jerez, of which Palomino Fino is by far the most important, being the principal grape used in the manufacture of Sherry. Parellada Primarily grown in Catalonia and the main grape variety for the most well-known Spanish sparkling wine, Cava. Pecorino Pecorino is an early-ripening white wine grape mainly grown in the Marche, Abruzzo, Umbria and Lazio regions of Italy. Not the cheese, but may be named after the...

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