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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What grape is that....?


Some grapes you may have heard of or wondered about......

CANAIOLO is a red grape found in central Italy mostly in Tuscany. It's blended with Sangiovese to make Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

ARNEIS is a white grape found in the Piedmont region of Italy in the hills around the city of Alba and translates into "Little rascal", named because it's difficult to grow. It makes for a full bodied and dry wine with crisp and floral nuances.

CHENIN BLANC is a white grape found in the Loire Valley of France. It's the grape used to make Vouvray and other AOC's in Loire. In South Africa it's called "STEEN". It is also used to make sparkling wine in Loire and is called "Cremant de Loire". It can also be found growing in California. Some think that it may be a parent grape to Sauvignon Blanc. On the palate Chenin can be dry to semi-sweet with minerals, apples and honey. It can be paired with numerous foods and know for its versatility.

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