Alicante Bouschet & Picpoul Blanc Grape Profiles on Winetraveler.com

It’s true that these grapes don’t have a lot to do with each other, other than origins in France. However, it could be said that they are both varieties that have fallen out of favor but are finding a resurgence of interest in recent years–albeit in regions that aren’t their original homes. Learn more about…

Arinto & Antão Vaz Grape Profiles on Winetraveler.com

This summer has definitely been the summer of Portuguese wines for me. I was lucky enough to participate in a lovely tasting with Wines of Alentejo earlier this month. It was wonderful to get to know this hot region in Portugal & its wines better (like this bottle of Esporão Colheita branco, which I just…

Muscadine Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

I’m not a complete convert by any means, but I was recently pleasantly surprised by some of the Muscadine wines I tasted in Florida when I visited San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine. If you are from the Southeast United States, you may be well versed in the many uses for Muscadine grapes. These native…

Seyval Blanc Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

More hybrid grapes! How exciting! I’ve been getting a bit more into the “east coast” grapes lately on Winetraveler.com. This comes mainly from my love of Virginia wine and my experiences in that state getting to know these grapes about 10 years ago. Wouldn’t it be nice to have so many beautiful wineries close by…

“Cool” vs. “Hot” Climate Wines

It’s true that certain grape varietals require a certain climate to produce quality wine. In fact, climate determines whether grapes can survive well at all. There is a very scientific reason that grape vines grow the best only between certain latitudes – 30-50 degrees in each hemisphere — and this has a lot to do…

First Post, Close to Home

Wow! Finally, my first real post. I must say that I have also been waiting patiently for this moment, as I know you have. What wine are you currently drinking as you write this inaugural post? (You ask impatiently.) Well, I can’t say that I recommend this one. I’m currently sipping on an Australian Shiraz from…