Grapes

Trebbiano: The most important grape you’ve never heard of

Do you know the Trebbiano wine grape? Perhaps you know it as Ugni Blanc. Perhaps you don’t. That’s OK. Trebbiano is a high-yielding white wine grape from the Mediterranean, with its most significant plantings in Italy and parts of France. So what? Italian Trebbiano is produced in lots of different areas and at lots of different quality levels, with its fair share of quite poor examples. In France, Trebbiano is called Ugni Blanc and is used for inexpensive table wine blends. So what - who cares? (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Grapes

3 surprising facts about Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc has a low profile as far as wine grapes go. When compared with Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, poor Chenin is so often forgotten about. It may not be flashy, but any serious wine lover would surely appreciate what Chenin can offer when given half the chance! The Chenin Blanc grape is incredibly versatile, and is grown in a number of diverse locations throughout the world. Let’s learn a little about the grape by uncovering three facts that might just surprise you! (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Grapes

Everything you should know about Godello

The world of wine is inherently quite romantic, dare we say even sexy. Yes, it’s an agricultural product made from grapes, but that doesn’t detract from the glamour and sensuousness of it all. When it comes to grapes and sex appeal, though, there’s a bit of an imbalance - some grapes are certainly sexier than others, basically. Albariño rolls off the tongue, Chardonnay charms effortlessly and Sauvignon Blanc sizzles. Beautiful. What about Godello, then? (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Grapes

Semillon from around the world

Semillon, or Sémillon to give the French spelling, is a white wine grape found in many regions throughout the world, though most popular in France and Australia. Its berries can be spotted by their thin, golden skin and can produce both dry and sweet wines. Dry white wine produced from Semillon is usually quite rich and relatively low in acidity, so it is often used as a blending grape in dry white Bordeaux. Elsewhere, notably Australia, 100% Semillon wines are common in addition to blended wines. Semillon is famously susceptible to botrytis cinerea (“noble rot”), making it a crucial component in the beautiful sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Grapes

Understanding Viura: What you need to know

Viura is a very popular Spanish wine grape, though it is often quite misunderstood and arguably not fully appreciated. It has a number of different names, depending on where in the world it’s grown. It is mostly commonly used in white Rioja and Cava, and in these instances the name “Viura” is unlikely to appear prominently, if at all, on the label. Let’s try to establish a few facts about this overlooked grape variety, so that we can better understand it - and find some great examples of Viura wines in the process!   (more…)

By INVINIC, ago

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