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VARIETALS/WINES

The "Varietals/Wines" section is a place where knowledgable wine people can sharpen their skills, or the novice can "dive-in" and begin educating themselves on the many diiffrent varietals around the world. Our explanation and pronunciation makes it easy to comprehend, and you will find lots of informative facts and information from this section.

The" Varietals/Wines" section describes what type of Wine it is, where it's from, and what food it best pairs with. You will definitely increase your knowledge of varietals, and find it easy to learn while having fun.

These pages are an excellent source of knowledge for anyone starting their wine education or for the well-rounded astute wine aficionado that would like to sharpen their wealth of knowledge.

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Agiorgitiko (I-your-yee'-tee-ko)

Red    |    Greece

Slow Roasted Lamb, Calamari, Grilled Chicken, Sauteed Mushrooms, Angel Hair Pasta with Cream Sauce, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, White Truffle Risotto with Freshly Grated Parmesan

Ancient legends boast of this varietal to be the 'Blood of Hercules' and broods a lion heart attitude in tannin and boldness. With a lingering aroma of molten ash yet the strength in flavor of succulent blackberries and spicy plums, this wine refuses to be marred as a myth and still lives long.

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Alicante Bouschet (Al-uh-con'tay Boo-shay')

Red    |    France

Ratatouille, Dry Jack cheese, Gouda, Jarlsberg, Braised Chicken, Dried dark fruits, Roasted Duck, Pheasant, Quail, Squab, Lamb Chops, Grilled Mushrooms, French Onion Soup, Pizza, Filet Mignon, Risotto with Mushrooms, tomatoes, Walnuts

If this grape varietal was an athlete it would be considered a long distance runner for its fortitude and endurance surviving the prohibition against spoilage when being transported in train cars across the country for winemaking in the east coast. Being one of the few grapes that bleeds red not only on the outside but the inside as well, its tannin and forward acidity met with its dark plum and blueberry compote flavors cross the finish line with spice and earth lingering on the finish.

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Arneis (Ar-nayss')

White    |    Italy

Garlic Risotto, Yellow and Red Curry, Honeyed Ham, Duck Pate, Spaghetti Squash, Smoked Salmon, Buttered Lobster, Curried Chicken, Roasted Vegetables, Smoked Charcuterie

When poured into a glass this wine almost always shimmers with an aluminous golden glow followed by its tell tale tropical floral aromas of white ginger flowers. Upon the palate one may find pear like flavors in waves crashing against crushed almonds, cashews and finishes with siren song of apricot jam lingering almost in a haunting manner.

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Barbaresco (Bar-ba-ress'-co)

Red    |    Italy

Stewed Beef, Fontina cheese, Duck Confit, Squab, Wild Game such as rabbit, mushroom risotto, truffles, pot roast, pork, wild boar, roasted root vegetables

Full bodied in nature willing to show its more exotic wild side, this wine shows well with many wild game dishes and would compliment further by a pairing with Moroccan spiced squab in a cherry reduction sauce accented by almonds, chermoula and orange cumin dashed carrots.

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Brachetto (Bra-ket'-to)

Red    |    Italy

Antipasto, Tart Green Apples, Goat Cheese, Muenster Cheese, Fried Chicken, Poached White Fish, Garlic, Fettucine, pickled beets, Tarragon, Prosciutto, Quail, Squab, Grilled Sardines, Trout, Tomatoes, Steamed Mussels, Sea Bass

With spring comes a whole new array of aromas and flavors that awaken the senses to new fresh beginnings. There to greet these new beginnings is this sweet varietal often found in a sparkling form. Wisps of freshly picked red berries and daffodils bellow upon the nose while a soft yet bright field strawberries sweeten the tongue upon the finish. Youthful yet whimsical this wine is perfect for a new chapter in the season.

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Burger (Ber'-gur)

Red    |    France

Antipasto, Tart Green Apples, Goat Cheese, Muenster Cheese, Fried Chicken, Poached White Fish, Garlic, Fettucine, pickled beets, Tarragon, Prosciutto, Quail, Squab, Grilled Sardines, Trout, Tomatoes, Steamed Mussels, Sea Bass

With deep roots come rich history that paves the way for the next forerunners in wine and this grape is no exception. With a composition of solid well balanced acidity and consistent flavor profiles of bright pineapple and green apple, it is no surprise that this wine set the pace for the future of Chablis lovers.

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Aglianico (Ahl-yan'-ee-co)

Red    |    Greece

Wild Fowl such as Pheasant, Wild Mushrooms, London Broil, Lamb Chops with Mint Sauce, Dry Jack, Pasta with Meat Sauce

With Age comes beauty and wisdom. This could not be more true of this timeless varietal once adorned by the Romans as 'First Growth' and could quite possibly be one of the first 'cult wines' to date. Graceful youthful abundance of acid and sturdy tannins boast within this red as it marches on with a garrison of aromas in rich dark melted chocolate and subtle hints of macerated cherries. One can almost picture the Roman emperor himself holding a goblet of this nectar.

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Albarino (Al-ba-reen'-yo)

White    |    Spain

Cod, Sole, Cajun Seafood, Ceviche, Chorizo, Crab (Any shellfish), Octopus, Grilled Fish, Steamed Mussels, Paella, Spice Rubbed Poultry

First secretly smuggled down the Rhine river into the Alsace region of France by thirsty monks, this varietal then continued its journey into Spain becoming the chant of copious wine houses in Rias Baixas. With Racy yet silky flavors and mouthfeel this white continues to sing hymns echoing of white tea, aromatic jasmine, and luscious white peaches.

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Assyrtiko (Ahs'-sir-teeko)

White    |    Greece

Chinese Chicken Salad, Roasted Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives, Grilled Tuna, Sauteed Mushrooms, Rabbit Stew, Scallops, Prawns, Thai Cuisine, Roasted Turkey, Roasted Pork, Pate, Deviled Eggs

Erupting with brilliant flavors and aromas of wild flower honey this varietal explodes with focused yet playful acidity and flows with with flavors of stafruit and gooseberry. A perfect combination of beauty and finesse from this volcanically enriched grape.

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Barbera (Bar-bear'-ah)

Red    |    Italy

Barbecued Short Ribs, Pecorino cheese, Grilled chicken, Braised Duck, Grilled Fish, Honeyed Ham, Pasta with tomato sauce or even cream sauce, Pepperoni pizza, Pork chops, Hearty Soups

Down to Earth in its nature, this wine plays on accessible flavor harmonies in dishes such as a lemon soaked grilled duck breast laying upon celery root garlic puree with a side of brussel sprouts and cardamom poached pears. Simple flavors playful in elegance yet focused in a delightful dance.

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Beaujolais (Bo'-zho-lay)

Red    |    France

Stewed Beef, Bacon, Charcuterie, Cheddar Cheeses, Cherries, Roasted chicken, Mild Curries, Halibut in a red sauce, hamburger, Stewed lamb, Baked Macaroni, Omelets, Pizza, Pork Sausage, Raw Vegetables, Grilled Tuna, Buttered Garlic Stuffed Escargot on Grilled Flatbread

Caramelized brussels sprouts with diced pancetta on a bed of piccolo farro, seasoned lightly with rosemary and surrounded by bites of trumpet mushrooms would set the stage perfectly for this act and would be a tough one to follow. Unless followed by a juicy hedonistic burger with steak frites.

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Cabernet Franc (Cab'-air-nay Fronc)

Red    |    France

Lean cuts of Beef, Cabbage, Charcuterie, Barbecue Chicken, Duck, Eggplant, Baked Ham, Roasted Lamb Loin, Mushrooms, Hearty Red sauced Pasta, Grilled Salmon, Strong Cheeses

A warrior of a varietal this grape is savage in all of its character yet graceful in the presence of the sophisticated , expressing its ability to show authentic untamed aromas of fire roasted green bell peppers, charred earth. No releasing its grip of fortitude in acid and tannin composition this wine will bleed flavors of wild violets, heated black currants and candied black raspberries. A definite force to be revered and reckoned with.

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Airen (Air'-in)

White    |    Spain

Grilled Squid, Smoked Clams, Mussels, Oysters Rockefeller , Sauteed Shrimp, Rainbow Trout, Green Salad with Manadrin Orange slices and Pine Nuts

This two-faced white varietal will draw you in with its notable sweet side of green pear and mango skin in flavor then flip to a dark side turning its face on wine and giving over to spirit as a devious component of brandy holding secrets of brown sugar and spice cake. This was one of the most widely planted grapes in the turn of the millennium due to its ability to produce both alcoholic beverages. Flip the coin and choose your side.

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Aleatico (Ahl-yah'-tee-co)

Red    |    Italy

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Sausage, Beef Tenderloin, Wygu Beef Buger with fresh Egg Sunnyside up, Quinoa, Orange Chicken and Noodles, Braised Lamb, Grilled Mushrooms, Slow Cooked Chicken and Potatoes, Garlic Pizza

If stranded on an island this wine has been famous for being chosen as the beverage of choice by the likes of Napoleon. This highly aromatic wine captures influences of lychee and white rose hips and flavors of lingonberry and offers sweet sollace in sustained tropical flavors. Often used in dessert wines as a casual sipper perfect for awaiting your ship to sail.

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Amarone (Ah-ma-roe'-nay)

Red    |    Italy

Grilled Beef, Braised Lamb, Osso Buco, Risotto with shaved Parmesan, Mushrooms, Wild Turkey, Venison

Known as 'the Great Bitter', this deep and hearty Italian wine requires a dish that will stand up to its gigantic personality and prowess. Try slow roasted lamb Osso Buco on whipped potatoes or even parsnips accompanied by sautéed Spinach.

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Barolo (Ba-roll'-lo)

Red    |    Italy

Grilled Beef, Chestnuts, Eggplant Parmesan, Oxtail, Braised Rabbit, Sirloin Steak, Pasta with rich cream sauce, Wild Boar, Venison, Short ribs

Enjoy this wine with saffron adorned cauliflower gnocchi, with creamed Leeks, shaved parmesan on eggplant puree cream sauce. Hearty yet reflective of the old country in North Italy.

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Blaufränkisch (Blau-frenk'-ish)

Red    |    Germany

Roasted Chicken, Stilton Blue cheese, Prosciutto, Penne Pasta, Oxtail, Carne Asada, Hamburgers, Grilled Pork Sausage, Tri-Tip Steak, Slow Cooked Stewed Vegetables.

" What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet", when speaking of this grape variety, would suggest that it does in fact go by many names. One thing remains, the vitality and vivaciousness that sustains the complexity of this variety holds firm in its acidity and strength in tannin. In its youth has the ability to be awkward yet spry and rambunctious with aromas of crushed black pepper and spice yet silky finesse and velvety black cherries show in the throughout its age.

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Brunello (Brew-nel'-lo)

Red    |    Italy

Grilled Chicken, Lamb Chops, Grilled or Sauteed Mushrooms, Grilled Steak, Pheasant, Duck, Grilled Vegetables, Brown beans

Sometimes simple is better and in this case, Brunello is a medium body wine that requires little competition on the palate. Enjoy baked brown maple beans under duck confit, toulouse sausage with apple smoked bacon in between sips of this wine.

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