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…

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…

Rkatsiteli Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce this grape at first glance! That’s part of the reason that we put together these grape profile pages on Winetraveler.com–as a way to educate about the many different grape varieties found around the world. Rkatsiteli is a unique grape with a long history in the country of Georgia. This…

Norton Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

When I discovered Virginia wine country about 10 years ago (I didn’t actually discover it, but discovered it for me), I was introduced to an abundance of grapes that I had never heard of at the time. Most were hybrids or other grapes not commonly grown in more popular American wine regions, such as California….

Assyrtiko Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

While traveling is on hold, I’ve been doing quite a bit of studying and research throughout all these virtual wine tastings & certification courses online. It has been nice to have this slower period in my life to actually get some of this stuff done! I can’t tell you how many times “before” I wanted…

Vidal Blanc Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

The winning wine of this year’s Virginia Governor’s Cup competition was a Vidal Blanc Passito from 868 Vineyards in Loudoun County, VA. It was quite the accomplishment for the winning wine to be a dessert wine, but a hybrid grape dessert wine made in a niche style from one of the lesser well-known winegrowing areas…