Top 10 wine grapes

Mature Tempranillo grape cluster with characte...

Mature Tempranillo grape cluster with characteristic blue-black color (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What are your top ten grape varieties? It’s an academic question but one that throws into focus why it is we like the wines we like.

My consideration of the question is split into whites and reds available on the Rambling Epicure site. I’ve tried to consider grapes in terms of the wines they are capable of producing when managed in the right hands, as well as their commercial importance and how widespread they are.

There are many of the usual suspects – Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling – but also a few less well-known varieties. With over 1300 grape varieties used to make wine around the world, perhaps a more interesting question for the future is: What are your top ten ‘unusual’ grape varieties? 

 

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About James Flewellen

James Flewellen is a biophysicist at the University of Oxford. He has competed for the University in international blind tasting competitions and won several awards. In addition, James is a wine educator and wine writer, most recently co-authoring "The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting". He also writes for the international gastronome site "The Rambling Epicure", and can be contacted for wine consultancy and educational courses through the "Oxford Wine Academy".
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