Sibling Grapes: Verdejo and Godello

Two stalwart grapes of Spanish white wines are in fact sibling. Verdejo, cultivated in the Rueda region, and Godello, used primarily in Valdeorras and Bierzo, are both derived from the same parent grapes: Savagnin (or Traminer) and CastellaƱa Blanca. Verdejo is often considered the Sauvignon Blanc of Spain. This entirely separate grape variety also shares … Continue reading Sibling Grapes: Verdejo and Godello

A Little Malbec History

Courtesy of Malbec (sometimes called CĆ“t and Auxxerois) is from France, where it grows in the Sud-Ouest. The thick-skinned grape is a natural cross of two esoteric varieties that are from Montpellier (in Languedoc-Roussilon) and Gaillac in the Sud-Ouest. Today the majority of Franceā€™s Malbec is found in Cahors, a small town on a … Continue reading A Little Malbec History