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 WHITE GRAPE VARIETIES

CHARDONNAY - wine is the largest selling white wine.  It makes a dry and fruity white wine with good bouquet.  At good sugar levels the variety may be low in acid so a little blending with a high acid white is recommended.  It is a great wine for aging in oak barrels.

 

CHENIN BLANC - is the most versatile grape variety.  It is capable of producing some of the finest sweet wines, a pleasant dry varietal and a basis for many sparkling wines.  It has good acid.  A blend with a little Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc is excellent. 

 

FRENCH COLUMBARD  - makes a neutral flavored light white wine that can be made into a varietal  because of its high acid.  That high acid makes it a good blender

 

MALAGA - is a late maturing grape with medium sugar and low acid.  It makes a dry, light wine.  It should be  blended for balance.

 

MALVASIA BIANCA - makes a tangy wine with a real substance and character.  It has a slight Muscat  flavor.  As a varietal, a little sweetness is desired.  It is great blended with Muscat Canelli, Palomino, or Trebbiano.

 

MUSCAT (OF ALEXANDER) - is the common Muscat grape that is readily available.  It makes  a strong wine, sometimes sweet, with a strong Muscat bouquet and flavor.

 

MUSCAT CANELLI - makes a wine with a concentration of fine Muscat grape flavor, light in body  with a nice bouquet.  It can be a dry, but you will enjoy the wine a lot more, if it is made slightly sweet.  In Italy it is used as the basis for Asti Spumante. 

 

PALOMINO is a grape that is usually low in sugar and acid.  Since the wine can oxidize easily, the Palomino  is used quite often to make sherry. For dry wines it is a good blender for other varieties that have high sugar and acid.

 

PINOT GRIGIO - grapes are grayish blue to brownish pink.  They produce a very light, crisp, white wine  with mild flavors that is getting very popular worldwide. 

 

SAUVIGNON BLANC - makes both a great dry and sweet varietal wine.  It is light and racy with a  piercing, easily recognizable, aroma.  It is a great blender with Semillon and Chenin Blanc.

 

THOMPSON SEEDLESS - grapes are mainly used for raisins or table grapes.  For wine making it should  be blended with other white varieties.  It can be blended with red varieties to make a Rose.

 

UGNI BLAND-ST. EMELION-TREBBIANO - grapes are planted world wide so extensively  that it probably produces more wine than any other grape.  As a varietal, its wine is light, white, and crisp, with good acid but not much flavor.  It is a very good blender.

 

VIOGNIER - makes a floral and spicy white wine, medium to full-bodied and very fruity.   The wine has  deep yellow color and is low in acid.  It should be made as a varietal.   It can be drunk at a very young age.

 


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