October 13th-Lambrusco

Lambrusco is a fruity red wine of varying degrees of sparkling and sugar content. It originates in the food-centric Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, in the northern portion of the country. This area is known for such culinary marvels as Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, Balsamic vinegar from Modena, Mortadella Bologna, and any pasta made withContinue reading “October 13th-Lambrusco”

October 6th-Cotes du Rhone Blanc

This week, I decided to really kick off fall with a heavier style of white wine, Cotes du Rhône Blanc. It is fuller bodied and also tends to be on the hotter side (meaning a higher alcohol content) than most white wines. These wines originate from the northern portion of the Rhône Valley. This areaContinue reading “October 6th-Cotes du Rhone Blanc”

September 29th-Garganega (Soave)

Garganega is a wine grape used to produce one of the most popular styles of white wine exported from Italy, Soave (Swah-vay). It originates in the Veneto region of northern Italy. Garganega can also be blended with Chardonnay and Trebbiano di Soave (and Pinot bianco in DOCG wines), but by law, it must be aContinue reading “September 29th-Garganega (Soave)”

September 22nd-Alsatian Riesling

I selected Riesling from the Alsace region in France because it’s expression is unique compared to those from other regions and countries. As you may recall, back in July, we explored the world of German Rieslings, which vary widely in level of sweetness. Alsace is known for its pronounced minerality imparted on the wine fromContinue reading “September 22nd-Alsatian Riesling”

September 15th-Trebbiano (or Orvieto)

Trebbiano, or Ugni Blanc, is a family of white grape varieties widely planted in central Italy, as well as all around the world. While there are many types of Trebbiano,Trebbiano Toscano (aka Procanico) is blended with Grechetto to make Orvieto, a blend originating from the Orvieto DOC (in the region of Umbria, south of Tuscany).Continue reading “September 15th-Trebbiano (or Orvieto)”

September 8th-Agiorgitiko

Agiorgitiko (Ah-yohr-Yee-ti-koh) is an ancient Greek red grape variety from the Peloponnesian peninsula in southern Greece. It thrives in the hot Mediterranean climate in the Nemea PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) wine appellation. The name means ‘St George’s Grape’ (and is commonly labelled as such) but is nicknamed ‘Blood of Heracles’. The mythology behind theContinue reading “September 8th-Agiorgitiko”

September 1st-Austrian Grüner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner (GV) is a light bodied, crisp white wine that hails from Austria. It is believed to be a cross between Savagnin (parent to Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer to name a few) and St Georgen (an ancient white grape identified in 2000). The wine underwent many name changes over the centuries but became knownContinue reading “September 1st-Austrian Grüner Veltliner”

August 25th-Prosecco

Prosecco is another type of sparkling wine. It originates from the Veneto region in Northeast Italy but other approved areas to produce it are located in the Friuli-Venezia region. It is mostly made with the Glera grape but new as of this year is a Prosecco Rosé, DOC. This rosé can also contain up toContinue reading “August 25th-Prosecco”

August 18th-Vouvray

This week is revisiting Chenin Blanc. Previously, we tried the grape as it is produced in South Africa. This week, we can see how that version differs from those of Vouvray. Vouvray is an area within the Loire Valley in Northern France that produces Chenin Blanc. Just like with other wines of France, the nameContinue reading “August 18th-Vouvray”

August 11-New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Back in June, we tasted Sancerre, a French old world style Sauvignon Blanc. Today, we’ll try a Marlborough new world version of this white grape. While the French versions tend to exhibit more minerality, the cool climates of Marlborough impart lively, sharp acidity, gooseberries, tropical fruits and herbaceousness. They also show an unmistakable smell ofContinue reading “August 11-New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc”