Originally, there were six noble grapes identified: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot for the reds; and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling for the whites. “Noble grapes” is a term that was coined to describe international grape varieties that were the most recognized for the top-quality wine they produce.
Rosé is a style of wine that is made when juice from red grapes is left in contact with the skins for only a short period of time. The resulting wine has more characteristics of the grapes themselves, and not usually any tannins or other flavors from the skins. This skin contact gives the wine shades of delicate pinks or oranges, up to bright and vivid salmons or deep pinks, depending on the amount of contact and possibly the winemaking techniques used.
While Virginians are enjoying sights of spring flowers beginning to bloom and the gradual greening of the local landscape, the iconic words “Winter is Coming” are being echoed aloud as the eighth and final season of HBO’s highly successful cult series “Game of Thrones” begins Sunday, April 14th, 2019.
Many wines that you are familiar with are blends including wines from Bordeaux and the Rhone valley. Wines labelled as Meritage, Cava and Port are blends. Champagne, Rioja and Priorat can be blends, too.
When most people think of Malbec, they think of a red wine from Argentina. However, Malbec originated as a French grape and is still the primary grape used to make red wine in Cahors, France.