Personalities of Wine: It’s all about the grape

Grapes have many characteristics that are different from each other. In a nutshell, it is crucial that the grapes being used to produce a particular wine are nurtured in a way that accentuates everything the grape has to offer so wine can reach its full potential.

If wine was an actor or actress, I may feel like varietals are type-casted at times, For instance, Zinfandel is routinely labeled as peppery with berries, Sauvignon Blanc is a little herbal, or Cabernet Sauvignon is dry with plum and black cherries. However, these descriptors are explaining the personalities of the wine, and what the particular grape should be, and what it can achieve in that bottle you love so much.

America = bottles of wine labeled by their varietal names, or maybe even the grape combination for blends like Cabernet-Shiraz. This naming convention holds true for Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Europe = bottles of wine that are generally labeled by their regional names

The New World appellation system may change in the future as evolving areas in California, Oregon, Hunter Valley in Australia, are becoming synonymous for certain styles. Some grapes may deserve special recognition and if you’re in the mood to try one below…


Carneros - Chardonnay
Stags Leap District - Red table wines


Willamette Valley - Pinot Noir

" The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to more than 200 wineries. It has been recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas in the world." (Source: Willamette Valley Wineries Association)

A Red-Blend

Here’s a chance to try a Cabernet-Shiraz blend like I mentioned earlier:

A varietal wine always displays certain qualities, which are inherent in the grape’s personality. I hope you try one of these wines above and let us know why you liked it, or why you did not.


Have a great weekend.

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