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Grape Profiles

Here are some abbreviated profiles for lesser known wine grapes varietals: Aglianico: Considered by some to be one of the three great red wine grapes of Italy (along with Sangiovese and Nebbiolo), this ancient wine grape was highly regarded among Romans and is mentioned in the writings of Pliny the Elder. Its name in those times was Elenico, meaning Greek, which indicates that its origins are from across the Adriatic Sea and date well beyond the rise of Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire. Nowadays its most well-known home lies in the Tuarasi DOCG in the Campari region of Italy — just north of the boot on the western shores of the Mediterranean Sea — but finds success in a few other regions of the world as well. Aglianico appreciates especially dry and sunny climates as it is late ripening. In its homeland the wines are often full-bodied and highly tannic due to its thick skin. This polyphenolic load often needs several years aging to bring balance to the palate. But there are many New World examples of Aglianico coming