Broadening your Grape Horizons
There is a great new world out there which most people are too afraid of venturing into. This is possibly the biggest shame for everyone in the wine world. It is terrible for consumers as they simply are just missing out a whole range of flavours, regions, stories that they could be enjoying. It is understandable as humans are creatures of habit but it just takes a little bit of knowledge (found here) to give you the skills to make that next bottle a new and exciting one. You already know what sorts of flavours, grapes or regions you like – so use that to find out grapes and regions you will also like.
We’ve compiled a list of the most common grape varietals and a list of grapes you should try similar to these grapes, as well as a range of regions that make fantastic examples of these grapes that you may not have tried.
Chardonnay is possibly one of the most elusive grape varietals as it comes in a range of styles and flavour profiles. It can be full-bodied, oaky or buttery, or lighter in style with zesty flavours.
Pinot Gris is either; crisp and zesty under the name of Pinot Grigio, or is fruitier and often with just a kiss of sweetness.
Try this REGION: Alsace, France – the home to Pinot Gris and often made in the off-dry style
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most well-known white grapes in the world – especially in New Zealand. Known for its incredibly aromatic profile and high acidity.
Riesling is the pinnacle of white wine. Capable of making crisp and zesty white wines to the most complex and luscious sweet wines in history, and everything in between. It has a high acidity and an ability to have an aromatic profile possible of citrus to tropical to tree-fruit.
Gewurztraminer is one of, if not, the most aromatic grape varietals known to man. It is a glass of flowers with rose and lychee aromas at the forefront.
Pinot Noir is a light-medium bodied red wine that has medium tannins. It has bright red fruit flavours and often has highlights of oak-infused flavours.
Syrah is either; a medium bodied and perfumed red, or a rich red that is filled with ripe black fruit complimented with oodles of oak.
Merlot is the grape of texture. It is soft and plummy with a tannic texture like velvet on the tongue.
Cabernet Sauvignon is hailed as the king of red grape varietals. It is medium-full bodied with high tannins, and an aromatic profile filled with blackcurrants and ripe black fruits.