Grape Varietal Guide

Early Muscat

Pronunciation: err-lee MOOS-cah

Grape information: A grape bred from the crossing of Muscat Hamburg and Queen of the Vineyard.

Wine information: Ripening early, full of aromas and flavors. There are two types of Muscat: crisp, dry wines

Type of Grape: White Wine Varietal

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Chenin Blanc

Pronunciation: SHUH-nan BLANC

Grape information: A French varietal from the Loire region.

Wine information: A light bodied, fruity, dry wine with light green hues.

Type of Grape: White Wine Varietal

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Auxerrois

Pronunciation: OAKS-er-rwah

Grape information: A French varietal from the Alsace region.

Wine information: A flavorful wine with citrus and fruit aromas, and with light golden hues.

Type of Grape: White Wine Varietal

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Chardonnay

Pronunciation: shar-doh-NAY

Grape information: A French varietal from the Burgundy region.

Wine information: Typically aged in oak, it is dry in flavor, with strong aromas, and has a golden hue. It is also used to produce Champagne and méthode Champenoise wines.

Type of Grape: White Wine Varietal

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Arneis

Pronunciation: are-NAYS

Grape information: An Italian varietal from the Piedmont region.

Wine information: A fruity, citrusy wine with a clean finish, and with pale straw hues.

Type of Grape: White Wine Varietal

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Aligoté

Pronunciation: ah-lee-go-TAY

Grape information: A French varietal from the Burgundy region.

Wine information: A moderately sweet, fruity wine with citrus and pear undertones, and with a golden hue.

Type of Grape: White Wine Varietal

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Albariño

Pronunciation: all-bar-EEN-yo

Grape information: A variety of white wine grape grown in northwest Spain and northwest Portugal, where it is used to make varietal white wines.

Wine information: it produces a soft, off-dry wine that is lightly fruity.

Type of Grape: White Wine Varietal

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Zinfandel

Pronunciation: ZIN-fahn-DELL

Grape profile: Thought to be an Italian varietal, primarily grown in California.

Wine tendencies: Zinfandel can produce two kinds of wine: if the skins are left on during production, a rich, full-bodied Red Zinfandel

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Tempranillo

Pronunciation: TEM-pruh-NEE-yo

Grape profile: A European varietal used to produce Rioja-style wines, also grown in Southern Oregon.

Wine tendencies: A rich, full-bodied wine, with dark, ruby-red hues and with spicy, peppery, rich flavors.

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Syrah

Pronunciation: seer-RAH

Grape profile: A French varietal used in Côte du Rhone, grown throughout the world.

Wine tendencies: A dry wine with spicy, smoky, berry flavors and dark red hues.

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