About Wine Grapes

In order to select, pair, understand and appreciate wine, it’s ideal to become familiar with the different characteristics each grape varietal has to offer. The characteristics have been defined based on our experience, and from some of the most highly regarded wine reference texts in print. However, what matters most is your enjoyment. If you like bbq steak with a Pinot Grigio we fully support that choice!

 

Red – Characteristics

Baco Noir

( BAK-oh NWAR )

Character: Earthy, Plum, Cherry

Body: Medium

Food: Pizza, BBQ

Color: Inky Purple

Cabernet Franc

( ka-behr-NAY FRAHNK )

Character: dark cherry, violet, tobacco

Food: Herb Rubbed Chicken or Pork

Color: Garnet

Cabernet Sauvignon

( ka-behr-NAY soh-vihn-YOHN )

Character (Cool Climate): Cassis, Blackberry, Cedar, Tobacco

Character (Warm Climate): Ripe Blackcurrant, Eucalyptus, Plum

Body: Full Body

Food: Steak, BBQ, Pasta with Red Sauce or Oil,

Color: Dark Purple

Baco Noir ( BAK-oh NWAR )

Character: Earthy, Plum, Cherry

Body: Medium

Food: Pizza, BBQ

Color: Inky Purple

Cabernet Franc ( ka-behr-NAY FRAHNK )

Character: Dark Cherry, Tobacco

Body: Medium

Food: Herb rubbed chicken or pork

Color: Garnet

Cabernet Sauvignon ( ka-behr-NAY soh-vihn-YOHN )

Character (Cool Climate): Cassis, Blackberry, Cedar, Tobacco

Character (Warm Climate): Ripe blackcurrant, Eucalyptus, Plum

Body: Full

Food: Steak, BBQ, Pasta with red sauce or oil

Color: Dark purple

Gamay ( ga-MAY )

Character: Strawberry, Cherry, Banana

Body: Light

Food: Roasted vegetables, Blue cheese

Color: Pale purple

Grenache / Gamacha ( GREN-osh )

Character: Black cherry, Raspberry. Spice

Body: Medium

Food: Grilled sausage, Lamb

Color: Brick

Malbec ( MAL-beck )

Character: Plum, Anise, Earth

Body: Medium

Food: Grilled meat

Color: Deep garnet

Merlot ( mur-LO )

Character (Cool Climate): Plum, Vanilla, Cherry

Character (Warm Climate): Cherry, Plum, Chocolate, Mint

Body: Medium

Food: Pasta, Grilled meat, Chicken

Color: Ruby

Pinot Noir ( PEE-no NWAR )

Character: Strawberry, Cherry, Rose, Raspberry

Body: Light

Food: Cheese, Fish, Vegetables

Color: Light garnet

Sangiovese ( SAN-gee-oh-VAY-SEE )

Character: Sour cherry, Raspberry, Spice, Anise

Body: Medium to Full

Food: Pasta with red sauce, Pizza

Color: Dense purple

Syrah / Shiraz ( Cer-rah / SHER-azz )

Character (Cool Climate): Blueberry, Prune, Coffee, Leather, Pepper

Character (Warm Climate): Raspberry, Blackberry, Pepper, Chocolate

Body: Full

Color: Dark purple

Tempranillo ( temp-PRAH-nil-oh )

Character: Cherry, Plum, Mint

Body: Light to Medium

Food: Lamb, Duck, Chorizo

Color: Light brick

Zinfandel ( ZIN-fan-DEL )

Character: Raspberry, Cherry, SPice

Body: Full

Food: Red meat, Firm cheese, Roast chicken

Red by Weight – Light to Heavy

Beaujolais

Gamay

Pinot Noir

Valpolicella

Sangiovese (Chianti)

Baco Noir

Malbec

Merlot

Cabernet Franc

Zinfandel Shiraz

Cabernet Sauvignon

 

White – Characteristics

Chardonnay ( CHAR-donn-ay )

Character (Cool Climate): Citrus, Apple, Mineral, Vanilla

Character (Warm Climate): Peach, Pineapple, Butter, Vanilla

Body: Full

Food: Seafood, Shrimp, Roast pork, Chicken

Color: Golden

Gewurztraminer ( geh-VERTS-trah-miner )

Character: Tropical fruit, Lychee, Spice

Body: Full

Food: Spicy

Color: Golden

Muscat ( mus-KAT )

Character: Honeysuckle, Orange blossom, Musk

Body: Medium

Food: Fruit desserts

Color: Light gold

Pinot Grigio / Gris ( PEE-no GREE-gee-oh )

Character: Pear, Melon, Citrus, Mineral

Body: Light to Medium

Food: Light fish, Salad, Cream sauce

Color: Pale straw

Riesling ( REES-ling )

Character (Cool Climate): Green apple, Citrus, Mineral, Floral

Character (Warm Climate): Peach, Honey, Melon

Body: Medium

Food: Asian, Thai, Turkey

Color: Golden straw

 

Sauvignon Blanc ( soh-vihn-YOHN BLAHNK )

Character (Cool Climate): Gooseberry, Citrus, Grass

Character (Warm Climate): Citrus, Melon, Asparagus, Gooseberry

Body: Medium

Food: Pork, Shellfish, Goat cheese

Viognier ( vee-on-NYAY )

Character: Peach, Apricot, Honey, Floral

Body: Light to Medium

Food: Scallops, Lobster, Cream sauce

Color: Golden

 

 

 

White by Weight – Light to Heavy

Sauvignon Blanc

Muscat

Viognier

Pinot Grigio / Gris

Gewurztraminer

Riesling

Chardonnay