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Tag Archives: Grape Profile

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape varietal used to produce white wine. Historically believed to have been named after the village of Chardonnay in France, it is also known by the names Aubaine, Beaunois, Melon Blanc, and, historically Pinot Chardonnay. Famous for it’s minerally whites from Burgundy and in the great […]

Sumoll

How often do you go googling for something rare and unheard of only to find several references with the exact same description cut and pasted from one site to the other? In the end, you have no clue as to who first posted on the subject as opposed to who conveniently stole content from the original article. Thus was my problem when researching a new grape I stumbled across, Sumoll. It had been recommended to me by a wine shop here in Barcelona called Vila Viniteca.

Spanish Wine Grape Xarel.lo

Pronounciation: Za-rel-oh Synonyms: Xarello, Pansá High acid grape native to the Catalan region of Spain. Known for producing highly aromatic wines, it is one member of the trio of Cava grapes. Apricot and Citrus flavors are commonly associated with this grape and with it’s acidty it can make bright refreshing […]

Spanish Wine Grape – Parellada

Pronounciation: Pa-re-yada White grape native to the Catalunya region of Spain. Very productive and of a high quality it is one of the three primary grapes used in the production of Cava. Head to Catalunya and you’ll see it planted from Tarragona up through the Penedés and beyond. Tends to […]

Bastardo

Pronounciation: Bastardo (Portuguese) – [http://catas.opaz.net/pronCVS/bastardoCVS.mp3] Synonyms: France – Trousseau or Tressot and in Australia – Cabernet Gros Bastardo is a red grape used in Portuguese wines. Often blended into port wines it is less robust than other grapes such as Touriga Nacional. In the Alentejo region of southern Portugal you […]

Godello

Native to Galicia, Godello was almost abandoned in the 1970′s but has been steadily making a comback over the last several years. A white grape, this variety is the protagonist in the high quality white wines from DOs Valdeorras and Bierzo. Rich in aromatic potential, its wines tend to have […]

Palomino Fino

Palomino Fino is a white grape most famous for its use in making sherry. Known in South Africa as Fransdruif and White French or Listan in France, it can also be found in Australia and California. Named after Fernan Yanez Palomonio, one of King Alfonso X`s knights, Palomino is a […]

Tinta Cão

Literally “the red dog” this port wine variety is a thick skinned grape with small clusters of medium sized berries. Tend to produce lower alcohol wines that when blend lend floral characteristics to Port wines. Till recently it has been the least planted Port wine variety, and now is enjoying a small revival in new plantings. Most likely you will never taste this variety as a mono-varietal wine, but rather blended with Duoro reds and Port wines.

Treixadura – Trajadura

Lightly scented grape that is found in the wines of Northern Portugal, most notably Vinho Verde, and the wines of Galicia in Spain. Often blended with other grapes such as Albariño, Loureiro, Lado or Torrontés. When utilized by itself tends to produce wines of light body with citrus flavors and aromas.

Verdejo

A high quality white grape, also known as Rueda Superior, is primarily grown in the D.O. Rueda. It typically produces a well structured and well balanced white wine as a result of its good acidity. Verdejo is both herbaceous and aromatic, generally known for its nutty flavors with hints of […]