The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is a small berry with a thick skin and a high pip to pulp ratio. This in turn creates a wine high in color, tannin and extract.
Champagne is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France.
Cooler climates like New Zealand and Chablis lead to crisp, acid-prone wines, while warmer climates like southern California and Australia foster riper grapes that create heavier wine leaning towards tropical fruit flavors.
Sometimes called pudding wines, are sweet wines typically served with dessert.
Malbec produces dark, full-bodied, delicious wines with velvety texture. It is also used in small amounts in Bordeaux blends to add color and tannin.
Merlot from mountain areas are usually more Cabernet like, with stronger structure and tannins; while Merlot from valley floor areas and clay-based soils are opulent, with velvety textures, often approachable when young.
Muscat Blanc is the Moscato used in Italy for Moscato d'Asti and Spumante, both light and fizzy wines. It also creates the Muscat d'Alsace of France, which is often made in the dry style.
Pinot Gris from Alsace creates rich, stone fruit-laden wines. They are perfumed and aromatic, and typically dry. It has round body and medium acidity.
Other than Burgundy, Pinot Noir has been successful in areas like Oregon, California and lately, New Zealand – the Central Otago region to be exact.
Red blends are a wonderful combination of rustic and ripe — showing their flavors and delicious character upon release.
Riesling has an extremely high level of acidity. That acidity is matched by the intensity of the grape's floral and fruit aromas.
A rosé is a type of wine that incorporates some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine.
Sauvignon Blanc's home is the Loire Valley of France, where it produces the crisp, grassy mineral-tinged wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.
Like many world-popular grapes, Syrah (also known as Shiraz) can differ in style depending on the climate, region and winemaking techniques.
While Zinfandel is grown many places, its most popular and successful region is California.