2011 Wine List

Tasting Tips

Expanding Your Grape Horizon

When making your selection of wines to taste at Saturday evening’s event, consider some of the rediscovered wines that are coming into vogue.

Red, Red Grapes/Wine
The most popular red wines today are those made from the grape varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah. While these offer great tastes, there are also some other grapes that make equally wonderful wines. The wines made from these grapes are finally beginning to be recognized by wine lovers world-wide and deserve a closer taste. Here are some reds to look for while you are browsing the Walnut Street Bridge this coming Saturday evening. The listing also includes the primary producing country:

  • Malbec - Argentina
  • Carmenere - Chile
  • Tempranillo - Spain
  • Sangiovesse - Italy
  • Grenache /Garnacha – France, Italy, Spain
White Grapes/Wine There are also some popular and persistent white wines. These are made from such grape varietals as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. But as you select your wines for tasting on Saturday evening, be on the lookout for wines made with these grapes:
  • Torrentes – Argentina
  • Viognier – France, California
  • Moscato – Italy
  • Gewürztraminer - Germany

American Hybrids American wine growers in the more humid eastern part of the US have come up with some nice table wines made from hybrids of American and European grapes. Here are some to look for:
  • Chardonel (White)
  • Cynthiana (Red)
  • Chambourcin (Red)