Need an ideal stocking filler for a winelover friend? Consider buying the What Varietal is That? book!
There are hundreds of white wine grape varieties. About forty of them are described in the book What Varietal is That. On sale late January 2019.
From the Andalucian region in Southern Spain this white wine grape makes darkly coloured sweet fortified wines. Pedro Ximenez is also used to make unfortified dry whites, alone or in blends.
A white variety from SW France where it is a key ingredient of Jurancon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bihl white wines. Petit Manseng is also grown in the Basque area of Spain. The Basques took it to Uruguay. Plenty of Aussie producers.
Really a clone of Pinot Noir bit not nearly so popular as it nor Pinot Grigio/Gris. A sort of Cinderella variety whose slipper is being found by a number of enthusiastic winemakers and consumers
The Italian (Grigio) version version and copycat styles are wildly popular. Maybe the richer French styles, especially from Alsace are better wines.
Rkatsiteli was once much more popular but it is still the most widely planted grape in Russia and several other Eastern European countries - a tribute to its toughness and versatility.
Roussanne is one of a trio of important Rhone white wine varieties, the others being Marsanne and Viognier.
2 bottles each of some stunning alternative reds.
Sagrantino, Barbera, Touriga and more.
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