LESSER KNOWN WINE VARIETALS AND WHAT THE HELL THEY ARE ALL ABOUT
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- •CarignaneSay "Karen-yan". Carignane is a Rhone varietal that's grown commonly as a blending grape (kind of a "filler"). Generally light to medium bodied, smooth. Carignane often has a blue tone to the wine. Can be made beautifully as a fuller bodied wine and there are some great ones coming out of Sonoma County.
- •GrenacheGrenache is the next Pinot. It's subtle, hard to find, and expensive. Grenache is a great cocktail hour wine, not overwhelming to the palate. It's a common varietal for making rosé.
- •Petit VerdotPV is a Bordeaux varietal that's typically used for blending. It's very rich in tannin and color, and can be overwhelming on its own. It's a great food pairing wine and fun if you love tannin (and I do).
- •GewurtztraminerSo fun to say! Geh-verts-truh-mean-er. Also delicious. Generally floral, low acid, and fruity with hints of spice. Make sure to look for dry Gewürztraminers so you can appreciate the complexity.
- •Pinot MeunierGenerally used for making Champagne (and I do mean Champagne, made in France). A red grape that's crushed and pressed immediately so the juice does not extract color from the skins.