This white grape was developed in the late 1920s in Germany and is a cross of Riesling and Silvaner. Many consider the grape to be superior in ripening and flavor to Riesling. It is named for the Ehrenfels Castle on the Rhine River.
- EhrenfelserThursday March 13 2008
- DolcettoThursday March 13 2008
Often forgotten in northwestern Italy as the unimportant sibling to Barbera and Nebbiolo, Dolcetto is a red wine grape that can make a wonderfully fruity wine that is approachable in its youth and pairs well with a wide variety of cuisine.
- Chenin BlancThursday March 13 2008
A classic and noble variety, Chenin Blanc is generally associated with France’s Loire Valley. In the New World, it’s sadly overlooked as a high-tonnage, low-quality grape.
- ChardonnayThursday March 13 2008
America's favorite white wine also is Washington's. It's the most-planted grape in the Columbia Valley and results in wines of many styles, from steely, fruit-driven bottlings to big, oaky ventures. If you like Chardonnay, you’ll love Washington wine country.
- CarmenereThursday March 13 2008
This red wine grape is at least as interesting for its history as it is for its quality.
- Cabernet SauvignonThursday March 13 2008
The king of red wine grapes is Cabernet Sauvignon (popularly referred to as Cab) and is one of the primary grapes used in France’s famous Bordeaux region.
- Cabernet FrancThursday March 13 2008
Though scientists have shown Cabernet Franc to be a parent (with Sauvignon Blanc) to the mighty Cabernet Sauvignon, this red variety tends to languish in the background as a blending grape.
- BarberaThursday March 13 2008
One of the world’s most widely planted grapes, Barbera is best known in Italy’s Piedmont region. It’s also prevalent in southern Italy and throughout California. It’s a late-ripening variety that enjoys warmer climates but also can fare well in certain cooler regions.
- AuxerroisWednesday March 12 2008
An important grape in the Alsace region of France, Auxerrois has gained a bit of a foothold in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. The white grape produces a wine of good fruit-driven characteristics that should pair well with white pasta dishes, chicken or seafood.