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Browse through GAYOT's exclusive interviews with the top sommeliers, winemakers and experts in the wine and spirits industries. WINE • Bern's Steak House, restaurant with an impressive wine list • Alison Crary, red winemaker at Sterling Vineyards • Eric Espuny, sommelier and general manager at The...
This native American grape varietal (of the genus vitis labrusca) is used in making old-fashioned, "rustic" country-style red wines, often displaying what most people think of as a "grape jelly aroma." In fact, the Concord is widely used in...
This uncommon Italian-style red grape is grown mostly in California’s Napa Valley and Mendocino County. Most Charbono wines are very dark purple in color and hold a distinct aroma of plums and other sharp flavors. The full-bodied wine is also...
A French hybrid that is native to the East Coast, Chambourcin is usually fashioned in a claret or Bordeaux style as a dry red wine. It is also used to make Rosé. Learn about other varietals.
This was perhaps the earliest discovered native American grape, growing wild in Ohio and New York valleys, but it has since been surpassed by the Concord as the most widely planted native East Coast grape varietal. It primarily is used...
Cabernet Franc is one the five varietals that account for the stellar reputation of red Bordeaux. A cousin to the more well known Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape is normally used in minute quantities, blended with both Merlot and Cabernet...
Originated in Italy, Barbera grapes can be found in many generic red wine blends. The grape is hearty and grapey without a lot of nuances, but helps punch up the flavors of these blends. Well-cultivated and low-cropped Barbera vineyards,...
The now resurgent Carmenère grape was brought to Chile in the 1850s before it was virtually wiped out in Europe by the phylloxera epidemic in the 1880s. It has since thrived in Chile, and was mistaken for Merlot until its...
The king of red wines, Cabernet's reputation was established decades ago by the great estates of Bordeaux, although it has proved distinctive in other regions as well. While sometimes a bit harsh in its youth, it has the ability...
Definitions for Different Types of Wine There's more to know about wine than whether it's red or white. Learn about the different types of wines with this educational guide to wine varietals. For more definitions, check out GAYOT's Wine Glossary. Red Varietals Barbera Cabernet...