Grape Varieties

2017 is an excellent year for Sangiovese in Tuscany

2017 is an excellent year for Sangiovese in Tuscany How can it be that Sangiovese is reported to arrive at excellent quality in a year with Spring frost, Summer draught, and boar feeding on grapes to the extent that it is a real problem? Sangiovese is harvested later than other varieties in Tuscany. In 2017, [...]

Pecorino – from Cheese to Wine

Pecorino - from Cheese to Wine Pecorino the cheese If you are a bit familiar with Italian cheese, hearing someone say Pecorino will immediately make you think of goat cheese. And yes, that’s correct. Pecorino is an Italian DOP hard and a bit salty cheese made from goat milk. Literally translated the name means [...]

Mencía – A Rising Star?

Mencía - A Rising Star? Mencía is an aromatic grape from north-western Spain that delivers nice, fruity wines with pleasant levels of tannins and acidity. The grape is well-known in Spain, and has risen from a history of producing regional, quite uninteresting wines to a variety that, in the right hands, can produce really [...]

Verdejo – the Green Jewel from Rueda DO

Verdejo - the Green Jewel from Rueda DO Verdejo - or Verdejo Blanco as its real name is - is a grape variety that is well-known and appreciated in Spain, particularly in the northern parts of the country. It is however less known outside its home-country, which is a pity as it produces some [...]

“Burgunder” Wine Grapes, part II

"Burgunder" Wine Grapes, part II In an earlier blog post, "Unfolding the 'Burgunder' Wine Grapes (part I)", the use of "Burgunder" as name or parts of name for wine grapes in the German speaking countries was covered. Now is the time to take a look at how it used in other countries. The research [...]

A Grape Called “Bordeaux”?

A Grape Called "Bordeaux"? Bordeaux has an iconic place in the World of Wine. But have you ever met a grape that was called "Bordeaux" or had "Bordeaux" as part of its name? A search in our database yielded no less than eight: Blanc de Bordeaux as a synonym for Palomino Fino Bordeaux as [...]

Unfolding the “Burgunder” Wine Grapes

Unfolding the "Burgunder" Wine Grapes In German speaking countries – Germany, Austria, and eastern part of Switzerland – you find a lot of wines called something with “Burgunder”. Working with the 200+ Wine Grapes app content, this name appeared numerous times. A scan of the database gave no less than 98 (!) hits, involving [...]