There are a significant number of different wine grapes. This makes making wine and drinking it very exciting because it allows for a lot of different blends and a lot of great flavours. There’s nothing quite as thrilling as trying a new grape varietal. But, before you go exploring it’s important to remember the original six. These grapes are so famous they’re referred to as the ‘Noble Grapes.’ They’re Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
These grapes are pretty universal and grow in wine regions all over the world. Sometimes they don’t grow as well in some regions as they do in others. Some of them, like Chardonnay, grow pretty easily. However, both Pinot Noir and Riesling can be difficult to grow. This is especially true for Pinot Noir which is often called the ‘heartbreak grape.’ Nevertheless, they form the basic grape varietals and most wine drinkers rely on them pretty heavily.
If you’re just starting down the path of becoming a wine lover it’s important to familiarize yourself with these grapes. Because they’re so universal, drinking these wines from different regions around the world is a wonderful way to explore different wine making techniques. It’s also a great way to recognize the influence of different climates. Some of these varietals are better suited to cooler climates, while some others like Cabernet Sauvignon often need a little bit more warmth and sunshine to become fully ripe.
When exploring different varietals it’s important to make sure that you have the right glassware to enjoy your wine. Check out our great collection of wine glasses at Rosehill Wine Cellars, and enjoy your wine to its full potential.
Although these varietals are wonderful it’s also important to challenge yourself as a wine lover and try new wines! A good way to explore is by region. Start with a country and pick different wine regions. If you’re interested in different Italian wines (and let’s face it who isn’t?!) make sure to check out this great article about The Grapes behind Italian Red Wines from the Fix Blog. And, make sure to appreciate the classics, but don’t be afraid to venture into the unknown!
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