Heaven in a Bottle – Wine and Grapes!

“A man, fond of wine was once offered a bunch of grapes as dessert after dinner. ‘Much obliged but I don’t take my wine in pill form’, he replied and pushed the dish away” – an excerpt from The Physiology of Taste.

Wine and grapes go hand in hand – one is incomplete without  the other.

Are you new to wine and cannot comprehend why some grapes are better in making particular wines while certain grape varieties shouldn’t be blended into wines?

Following are some common grape varieties that are famously used in fine wines of the world:

Sangiovese

Pronounced as San-gea-vehsay, this is an important grape variety that is grown in the Tuscany region of Italy. Sangiovese grapes are often used primarily in Chianti, another Italian wine making region.

The grape is often blended with a variety of other red Italian varietals. Wines made with these grapes are high in acidity, medium to high tannin, and a medium alcohol level.

Flavor profile of wines have a hint of earthiness and aren’t overly fruity.

Pinot Gris

There are many factors of this grape variety that make it the perfect choice for making white wines. Color of the grape differentiates a lot – wines produced range from white to even a slightly pink!

The end-notes of these wines range from crisp, light, and dry… much like the grapes grown in Northern Italy. You can see fat and honeyed grapes from the same variety in France’s Alsace region.

Flavor profile of Pinot Gris grapes is delicately fragrant and mildly floral intones with lightly lemon-citrus flavors.

Grenache

Craving for a glass of round, heart-warming wine? Turns out, Grenache grapes found mostly in Spain makes the best full-bodied warming wines.

At its best, these majestic grapes bring on a sensation of sweetness to the amount of alcohol and glycerol. Yet Grenache shouldn’t be classified under ‘simple grape making simple wines’!

Flavor profile of Grenache wines can become complex and even spicy, with flavors akin to rich fruit cake.

Cabernet Sauvignon

This grape variety is one of the most famous and common in the world. Some of California’s best red wines are produced from using this grape!

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are incredibly easy to grow and turn into wine. What is the reason of this variety’s popularity? You will find an abundance of aromas and flavors – black currant, bell pepper, cedar and blackberry jam being the most common.

Now you know what grape varietals go into making our wines. Impress your guests with this knowledge when hosting your next wine tasting party!

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