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Expand Your Palate With Off-The-Beaten-Path Grape Varieties

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Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is a zesty, versatile white variety that is made in a broad range of styles, from decadently sweet to searingly dry. The four selections below are all on the dry scale. If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, Chenin is a delicious alternative. These selections pair well with Mediterranean-inspired chicken or fish dishes, and sushi.

Grüner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner (aka Grüner) is a grape that hails almost exclusively from Austria. A dry peppery wine with loads of citrus and peach notes, Grüner offers an interesting alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.


Falanghina grapes are mostly grown in Southern Italy's Campagna region. Much of what is produced is simple and subtle, but this classic expression from Feudi di San Gregorio has generous acidity countered by weight and ripeness. Citrus and floral notes pervade the nose and palate. It makes an excellent companion to fish or chicken, but is also sensational when simply sipped on its own.


Syrah (aka Shiraz) is an ancient variety grown across many continents and makes some of the darkest full-bodied wine on the planet. It is king of the Rhône Valley in France and Australia's Barossa. California produces some very compelling offerings as well. Flavors range from ripe blackberry spice to savory black olive. Its intensity makes it an ideal grape for blending, but below are selections where Syrah takes the lead.


With moderately low tannins and ripe, cheery fruit, Zinfandel tends to veer on the sweeter side of red wine. Therefore, it makes an excellent companion for barbecue or other spiced dishes.


With origins in France's Bordeaux region, Carmenère has found a new home in Chile. Similar in profile to Merlot, Carmenère is a medium bodied wine that is supple and smooth, and is known for its signature green peppercorn flavors. It makes an exquisite companion to Steak au Poivre or other red meat dishes.
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