Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Grapes and Wine

I am amazed how many different varieties of grapes are used to make wine.

Most people can name a few.

Just a few. The biggies are:

Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Merlot
Chardonnay
Riesling
Malbec
Petit Verdot
Cabernet Franc


But there are so many more. Including the ones above, I  found over 20 different grapes that I currently have represented in wines in my cellar. The additional ones include:

Barbera
Chambourcin
Chancellor
De Chaunac
Muscatel
Niagara
Norton
Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc
Shiraz/Syrah
Tempranillo
Touriga Nacional
Valdiguie
Verdejo
Viura
Zinfandel

Others that I know I have tasted or even possessed include:

Barbarossa
Carmenere
Gamay
Grenache
Lambrusco
Nebbiolo
Petit Manseng
Tannat
Traminer

I likely missed a few in the list--but the point of the exercise for me was to review the different varieties of grapes that I have sampled and to realize that each grape and the wine it produces has unique qualities which when combined with the growing region and the skill of the wine maker produce very different wines.

Wines are like people. Each person is unique despite their ancestry. And like a good wine, hopefully we get better with age.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD




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