Tempranillo is Spain’s exemplary, indigenous “Noble Grape” -- a “classic” quality grape variety, making some of Spain’s best wines. “Tempranillo” is named after the Spanish word “Temprano”, or “early”, as this grape ripens sooner than other traditional varietals in Spain. Tempranillo grapes provide a deeply colored, dry, long-lived, full-bodied red wines.
Malbec ~ Unknown, underappreciated, ignored... was the attitude toward this red grape from western France called Malbec, literally translated into “bad smell”. Over the last 25 years, this hardy grape has thrived in South America (Argentina and Chile) while declining in esteem in Europe. Malbec is one of the six grape varieties approved for making red wines in France's Bordeaux region. Malbecs are flavorful, mouth-filling and sumptuous, with plenty of soft, velvety tannins.
Viognier ~ Pronounced Vee-own-yay, this is a white wine with a crisp clean taste. Found in the northern Rhone area of France, it was grown to be mixed with other grapes to bring extra character to wines. It has just a touch of natural fruity sweetness but is actually quite dry. It has a rich deep color, a fruitful flavor with a peach-apricot taste and relatively high alcohol content with low acidity.
Sauvignon Blanc ~ Sauvignon Blanc came from France in the 1880s. With naturally high acidity, Sauvignon Blanc is always tangy, tart, and zesty. Sauvignon Blanc is typically similar to bell-pepper or grapefruit in nature. Grapes exposed to more sunlight yield wine that is more melon-like in aroma.
Mourvèdre ~ Mourvèdre is a Spanish Rhone grape. It is a late-ripening varietal that flourishes with hot summer temperatures. Wines are intensely colored, rich and velvety with aromas of plums, currants, and cherries. Its spicy and intense flavors pairs well with grilled and roasted meats, duck, root vegetables, and mushrooms which complement the earthiness of the wine.
Carmenere ~ The history of Carmenere wines is quite similar to that of the Malbec grape. Both were once prominent in France and brought to South America in the mid 1800’s by the French. Carmenere now resides in Chile and is a much mellower grape with soft tannins and very herbal accents. Carmenere requires lots of sun to fully ripen.
Verdejo ~ Verdejo is one of Spain's higher quality white grape varieties and was "rediscovered" 15 years ago. It is a native grape of Rueda in North-west Spain and is most successfully grown in high altitude vineyards. Verdejo is sharp and clean with lemon and lime notes, a backbone of minerality and a potent acidity, sometimes with soft, creamy, nutty overtones, and notes of honey.
Tannat ~ Tannat is a red wine grape, historically grown in the Basque-influenced regions of France near the Pyrénées, and is now one of the most prominent grapes in Uruguay. Tannat has a firm, tannic structure with raspberry aromas, a deep dark color with high level of alcohol and ages well.