THE NOBLE GRAPES

With thousands of different wine grapes and even more wine producers, it can be very overwhelming. Seems like a Sommelier class is needed to understand it all. And all we want to do is enjoy the stuff!

So what’s the straightest path to the enjoyment part?

Simplify! How about simplifying the THOUSANDS of different wine grapes down to the top SEVEN?

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7 NOBLE GRAPES

Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah/Shiraz

What makes them Noble? They are the most popular with consumers and they are easily produced around the world making them prolific. It also makes them accessible which makes them a great starting point to learn about wine.

These 7 are produced by both large and boutique wine producers from around the world. These producers employ different production styles which means a lot of interesting things can be discovered just with these 7 Noble Grapes.

EXPERIENCE THE GRAPES

To better understand each of the noble grapes, dive a little deeper into what makes each of them special. Taste them to familiarize your palette and see what you prefer. Learn a little history for each wine grape, find the top producing regions, find wine recommendations, tasting and pairing notes.

7 NOBLE GRAPES

Experience ALL of the Noble Grapes. Identify which ones you want to learn more about. Find recommendations for a self-guided side-by-side tasting.

SYRAH / SHIRAZ

What’s with this name? Hint: The name that appears on the bottle points to the production style of the wine. Find out more about this fruity, tannic red. Another great food wine.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

A full-bodied, tannic red that pairs very well with red meat dishes, especially steak. It’s the royalty of California and the darling of Bordeaux.

MERLOT

A popular red with soft tannins. This makes it a great blending wine which is why you’ll find Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon the primary grapes in Bordeaux wine.

PINOT NOIR

A light red wine with light tannins. One of the most versatile wines to pair with food. An easy “go-to” when your dinner companions order across the menu.

CHARDONNAY

Full-bodied white wine made in 3 distinct styles: oaked, unoaked, and sparkling. The different styles determine which food pairs best.

SAUVIGNON BLANC

An easy-drinking white wine originating in France with popular brands out of New Zealand. It's typically fresh and crisp with high acidity and pairs well with seafood.

RIESLING

A white wine originating in Germany. Produced in a range of sweet to dry. Find out 3 hacks to determine the sweetness level in the bottle before you buy.

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