The Major Reds, Major Whites

Allow me to introduce the stars of the show.  By collection of name only.  As I study each of these beauties, expect a fleshy blog post, devoting to each its own time in the spotlight.

Major White Grape Varieties:

  1. Albariño
  2. Assyrtiko
  3. Chardonnay
  4. Chenin Blanc
  5. Grüner Veltliner
  6. Gewurztraminer
  7. Marsanne
  8. Melon de Bourgogne
  9. Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains
  10. Pinot Grigio (Gris)
  11. Riesling
  12. Roussanne
  13. Sauvignon Blanc
  14. Sémillon
  15. Torrontés
  16. Viognier

Major Red Grape Varieties:

  1. Aglianico
  2. Barbera
  3. Cabernet Franc
  4. Cabernet Sauvignon
  5. Carmenère
  6. Corvina
  7. Gamay
  8. Grenache
  9. Malbec
  10. Merlot
  11. Mourvèdre
  12. Nebbiolo
  13. Pinot Noir
  14. Pinotage
  15. Sangiovese
  16. Syrah/Shiraz
  17. Tempranillo
  18. Zinfandel


A Grape Rainbow

To admire the creation is to admire the creator.  You romance me, Mother Nature!

Veraison:  One special week in middle August when the green grapes begin turning purple, the fruit begins to soften, acids begin to decrease, and sugar begins to increase.  Also a sign that harvest is right around the corner.  It’s an exciting time in the wine world right now, as winemakers journey into this year’s Harvest and begin to write the story of their 2017 vintages.

Harvest:  As we enter September, the long days and nights of harvest are in full swing, and mother nature is the lady executive of it all.  Winemakers will be tasting grapes to evaluate three important character defining qualities:  sugar, acids, tannins.  Measurements taken into account which tell the winemaker when to start picking and what they are picking for.  I am obsessed with the idea of staying up through the night to hand pick a single varietal off the vine from an uber boutique label where the vineyard team is family.  *Queue romantic impressionable midnight vineyard grape picking scene from A Walk in the Clouds entitled “Saving the Vineyard”.  You’re welcome.

Good luck with your seasons, vintners! I am eagerly learning, watching, writing, and waiting!

Photo Credit: Evoinos, Ezousa Winery featured in Decantur

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