White Wine Grapes
Chardonnay. The most popular grape among Americans, this clever variety can disguise itself in many flavors. Sometimes sweet, rich, or high in alcohol, it is a favorite to the North American palate. You may experience the following flavors with Chardonnay: tropical fruit, toast, vanilla, spice, or even candy-flavored, like bubblegum.
Sauvignon Blanc. Very recognizable, yet difficult to describe! Sauvignon Blanc can maintain an herbal flavor when it is grown in a cool area. Often the wine has a lighter style and generally fruity flavor.
Pinot Gris. (Also known as Pinot Grigio in Italy.) When made in Italy, the Pinot Gris does not maintain a strong varietal character, but in France the wine is heavier, riper, and practically a different animal!
Red Wine Grapes
Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a major grape variety used in the Bordeaux region of France. Contains a very herbal and earthy flavor. It also reminds one of black currant. As it ages, the wine takes on a cedar-like scent.
Merlot. Merlot is another classic from the Bordeaux region of France. It is very easy to mix up with Cabernet Sauvignon, but look for a pine-like aroma. Merlots can even taste a little bit fruity.
Zinfandel. A common grape from California, with a berry-like flavor and feisty aroma. This wine is often best when it is young!
Table & Vine’s knowledgeable staff is pleased to answer any questions you may have about grape varieties. Better yet, step into our store for a wine tasting!