Category Archives: Grape Files

Grape Files: Pinotage

Color: Red   Grown in: South Africa   Profile: This crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault (which was locally known as Hermitage) is very much its own creature, unabashed in its dark, smoky, charred fruit and leather flavors. Some versions … Continue reading

Grape Files: Mourvèdre

Color: Red   Grown in: Provence, southern Rhône, Languedoc-Rousillon (France); Spain; California and Washington (U.S.); Australia   A.K.A.: Monastrell (Spain), Mataro (Spain, Australia, U.S.)   Profile: Mourvèdre loves hot weather. It’s thick-skinned and takes a while to ripen, so the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Corvina

Color: Red   Grown in: Veneto (Italy)   Profile: This is the main grape in Valpolicella (including Ripasso, Amarone or Recioto) wines, which can be dry or have a bit of rich sweetness. Amarone and Recioto are made by the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Aglianico

Color: Red   Grown in: Campania, Basilicata (Italy)   Profile: This early-budding and late-ripening grape needs a nice long growing season to build up its deep flavors and flesh out its high-acid and high-tannin structure. Wines made from Aglianico are … Continue reading

Grape Files: Sémillon

Color: White   Grown in: Bordeaux (France); Riverina, Margaret River, Hunter, Barossa Valley (Australia)   A.K.A.: Hunter Riesling (Hunter Valley, Australia); Semillon (without accent é, in Australia)   Profile: Susceptible to botrytis — both the good and bad kind — Sémillon … Continue reading

Grape Files: Carmenère

Color: Red   Grown in: Chile; Veneto, Trentino, Friuli (Italy); Bordeaux (France)   Profile: Once one of the grapes of Bordeaux, Carmenère is now virtually extinct in France. However, it’s made a great new name for itself halfway around the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Merlot

Color: Red   Grown in: Bordeaux, Languedoc-Rousillon, Southwest France (France); Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige, Tuscany (Italy); California, Washington (U.S.); Spain; Bulgaria; Chile; Australia; New Zealand   Profile: This plushly fruited, blue-black grape is the most widely planted in the French wine … Continue reading

Grape Files: Sangiovese

Color: Red   Grown in: Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Abruzzo, Le Marche (Italy); California   A.K.A.: Brunello (in Montalcino, Tuscany); Prugnolo (in Montepulciano, Tuscany); Morellino (in Scansano, Tuscany)   Profile: The signatures of Sangiovese are its bright, orangey-red color and definitive … Continue reading

Grape Files: Muscat

Color: White   Grown in: Alsace, Rhône, Languedoc (France); Austria; Piedmont (Italy); Jerez, Málaga (Spain); Australia; South Africa; Greece   A.K.A.: Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains; Muscat de Frontignan; Muskateller (Austria); Moscatel (Spain)   Profile: Light and aromatic, Muscat is one … Continue reading

Grape Files: Pinot Noir

Color: Red   Grown in: Burgundy, Champagne, Loire, Jura, Alsace (France); Alto Adige, Lombardia (Italy); Germany; Switzerland; New Zealand; United States; Chile; Argentina   A.K.A. Pinot Nero (Italy); Spätburgunder (Germany)   Profile: Pinot Noir can be stunningly, heartbreakingly beautiful. It can … Continue reading