Topic: Varietals-and-Wine-Styles

Rosé Techniques Roundtable

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Asking a winemaker if they make rosé should be like asking a winemaker if they drink beer. The two beverages, pink wine and a tasty lager, belong in any cellar and in

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Albariño/Alvarinho: The wine of Galicia

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Albariño/Alvarinho is the grape of the Spanish region of Galacia, and it’s catching on in the States too.

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Zinfandel Wine Case Study

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The concept of a case study to help learn or understand a process is well known in the science and medical fields. During my previous career as a clinical laboratory scientist, my

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If You Like This, You’ll Like That

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Try some new grape varieties similar to the tried and true varieties you already know you enjoy drinking.

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Award-Winning Pinot Noir

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Four Pinot Noir pros share their best advice for crafting the “heartbreak grape.”

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Müller-Thurgau: Germany’s other white grape

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Prior to giving way to Riesling at the turn of the century, Müller-Thurgau was the most prominent white grape in Germany. It is still very popular as an everyday drinking wine enjoyed young.

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The Many Shades of Muscat

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Muscat is a complex family of grapes with a distinctive aroma tying them all together. There are hundreds of Muscat varieties, both white and red, which are used to make all styles of wine.

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Mourvèdre: A Tannic grape for many wine styles

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Mourvèdre is a fine blending grape with significant tannins, but don’t overlook the varietal and rosé options.

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Symphony: 40 Years in the Making

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Symphony is a white grape bred from Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris by Dr. Harold Olmo. Grown in California, Symphony grapes are found in many wine kits.

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The many wines of Chardonel

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Chardonel, as the name implies, has Chardonnay as one of its parents and is used to make similar wine styles. Its popularity is largely along the East Coast and Midwest regions of the United States, but its wines stand up against those from any region.

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Crafting Chardonnay: Tips from the Pros

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There are many different techniques and styles to choose from when it comes to Chardonnay. Do you want a buttery, barrel-aged Chardonnay or a crisp, acidic one? When weighing your options, use

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Making Port-Style Wine: Tips from the Pros

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Port is a fortified wine made in Portugal, but many North American winemakers are making their own versions. Use their advice to try your own Port-style wine! Winemaker: Matt Meyer, Meyer Family

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Offbeat Reds

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Getting sick of the same old Cab? Try a red wine that’s more out of the mainstream, like Carménère, Charbono, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, or Tinta Cão.

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Touriga Nacional

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I was a late bloomer when it came to seeing the world. It wasn’t until 10 years ago that I had the opportunity to start traveling internationally. Despite growing up in an

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Making White Wines from Red Grapes

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As I started working on this story, a surprising question occurred to me: “What makes wine white?” “The color” seems obvious when you look at a restaurant wine list or walk up

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Pinotage in the Spring

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Spring is here, and that means a new winemaking season is upon us! A couple of experienced winemakers share the joys that come with making wine from South America and South Africa, as they recall their recent experience making Pinotage wine from South Africa last spring.

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Making Off-Dry White Wine: Tips from the Pros

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There is a lot more to off-dry wines than what you may perceive from mass-produced discount bottles from the supermarket. A little sweetness with balanced acidity can add complexity and create a

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Ruby Cabernet

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When I started graduate school at UC-Davis in 1995, one of my first classes was a seminar series. Being the first session of the academic year, a round of introductions started the

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Orange is the New White

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You may have noticed the “orange wines” that have been popping up on trendy wine lists lately. These are white wines that are purposely exposed to skin contact and oxidized to produce wines that are quite orange in appearance.

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Traminette: Little Gewürztraminer grows up

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It is so wonderful to have such friends and colleagues at WineMaker magazine who keep inviting me back to speak at the annual conference (and I am looking forward to San Diego,

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Matching Wine Style to Vineyard Site

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  What kind of wine do you want to make? What kind of wines do you and your guests like to drink? Luscious, soft, fruity? Lean, austere, earthy? Tannic, sturdy, powerful? We

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Tannat: The Tannin-rich Grape of Legend

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Tannat grapes are synonymous with highly phenolic and tannic must. Learn about this grape’s storied past and how to hit the sweet spot in the vineyard and the winery to tame this potent grape.

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Carignane/Mazuelo: A Spanish grape with many names

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Many wine grapes have different names when grown in various parts of the world. That is especially true for Carignane, which is officially called Mazuelo in its homeland of Spain. Find out how both viticulturalists and enologists handle this unique grape.

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Alicante Bouschet: An eccentric grape with a unique history

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At one time, Alicante Bouschet was one of the most popular grapes planted in the United States. Learn about the history of this grape variety and how you can add it to your winemaking quiver.

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Making Rosé Wine: Tips from the Pros

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For too long, rosé remained cast under the shadow of overly sweet and one-dimensional White Zinfandels. But the surge of popularity in North America has removed the myth that rosé wines are

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