Topic: Varietals-and-Wine-Styles

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Grenache: Varietal Focus

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In Spain, where many historians claim the variety originated, this versatile grape is called Garnacha. The rest of the world calls it Grenache … and home winemakers call it a great grape


Marechal Foch

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Marechal Foch, named after a famous French general in the First World War, has proven to be a worthwhile red grape variety for many colder regions of the world. Technically identified as


The ABCs of Making Z

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It’s difficult to walk through a wine aisle in the supermarket, or to browse through the kit section in your favorite winemaking store, without coming across a wide selection of Zinfandels. Red,


Riesling: Varietal Focus

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A phrase we’ve often heard in recent years is, “A. B. C. — anything but Chardonnay.”  As many consumers set down the Chard and start searching for alternative white wines — and

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Seyval Blanc: Varietal Focus

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The Seyval Blanc (Seyve-Villard 5276), a cold-climate white grape variety, is the leading choice for many winemakers who live in the chilly eastern and northern regions of North America. This hardy varietal

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Sauvignon Blanc: Varietal Focus

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During the mid 1980s in New Zealand, when the Cloudy Bay Winery captured the attention of the world marketplace with its version of Sauvignon Blanc, a new era was born. Today, many


Zinfandel: Varietal Focus

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Learn about Zinfandel and find instructions to make Zin in three different wine styles.


How is Fume Blanc made? I would like to make some at home!

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Wine Wizard replies: The short answer to your question is: 0.45 micron nominal filter pads are the industry standard for “sterile” filtration. These pads prevent all yeast and bacteria from getting through.

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Great Gewurztraminer from Grapes

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Why make a wine you can’t even pronounce? If you’ve ever tasted a Gewürztraminer, you already know the answer. At its finest, this most distinctive white wine has an exotic, spicy flavor

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All Hail Cabs!

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Most winegrowers and connoisseurs consider Cabernet Sauvignon the king of the red wines. Genetically, its parents are Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. The exact birth of Cabernet Sauvignon is lost in legend,


Making Cabernet Franc: Tips from the Pros

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Derek Wilber, Anthony Road Wine Co., Penn Yan, NY on cabernet franc and quality juice. Cabernet Franc “Adapting your techniques to the climate of a region is the essence of creative winemaking,”

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Mastering Merlot

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Merlot has become an important red grape throughout world. Merlot grapes, also known as Merlot Noir in Bordeaux, have been used to soften wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon for many years. Merlot


Sparkling Wine, Step-by-Step

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Ah, another summer season come and gone. The family thought your 1997 Chardonnay was great at cousin Bob’s wedding dinner, and the after-dinner crowd at the late summer supper on the deck

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The Sweet Rewards of Dessert Wines

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Classic dessert wines are wonderful, complex, and delicious beverages. The range of dessert wines is considerable and growing. With today’s high-quality kits, you can make terrific dessert wine at home and, with

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Making Seyval Blanc: Tips from the Pros

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Bill Hopkins followed a path taken by many American winemakers. A dairy farmer who saw his business fading in the 1970s — at the same time the wine industry was taking off

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Hot Rhônes: Syrah & Carignan

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No group of grape varieties has generated as much enthusiasm among winemakers recently as Rhône varieties. So great is the demand for them that interested wineries scramble to find the best vineyard

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Making Riesling: Tips from the Pros

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Winemaker Kent Rosenblum of Rosenblum Cellars in Alameda, California goes back to his early roots by offering his thoughts on making Riesling. Back in 1973, he and his wife made their very


Sangiovese: Varietal Focus

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Literally spoken, creating Chianti in the United States is not possible. Chianti is a style of wine that can only be derived from specific grapes grown in a specific area (in Chianti

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