LESSER KNOWN WINE VARIETALS AND WHAT THE HELL THEY ARE ALL ABOUT

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  1. Carignane
    Say "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.
  2. Grenache
    Grenache 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.
  3. Petit Verdot
    PV 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).
  4. Gewurtztraminer
    So 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.
  5. Pinot Meunier
    Generally 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.