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Winemakers Roundtable: 5 Facts About… Rhone Whites!

Friday, July 15th, 2011

For this month’s roundtable, Temecula Valley is talking about Rhone white varietals.  Unfamiliar territory, you say?  Well, that’s what this blog post is for!  Here’s five fun facts about these refreshing grapes that you can toss around at your next wine party:

  1. The four main grapes in Rhone whites are Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc
  2. A white Rhone blend consists of two or more white grapes from its namesake appellation – the famous Rhone wine region in France, which is situated in the Rhone river valley.
  3. The Northern Rhone region is characterized by harsh winters and warm summers while Southern Rhone has a more Mediterranean climate with milder winters and hot summers.
  4. Top four regions for growing Rhone whites are California, Australia, South Africa, and Rhone (of course.)
  5. Common descriptors include honeysuckle, green apple, peach, nut, and spice

For examples of Temecula Valley Rhone whites, try:


Winemaker’s Roundtable: 5 Facts About… Sangiovese!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

This month, Temecula Valley is focusing on the popular Sangiovese grape.  Here’s five fun facts you can toss around at your next wine party!
1.    Sangiovese is an Italian winegrape variety whose name derives from the Latin sanguis Jovis, meaning “the blood of Jove”
2.    This grape is grown mostly in central Italy and is the most widely planted grape in the country.
3.    It is a main component of Chianti and “Super-Tuscan” – a red blend which usually includes Cabernet Savignon, Cab Franc, Merlot, and – yours truly – Sangiovese.
4.    This grape is highly adaptable to many different soils, but likes a warm climate – making it a perfect fit for Temecula Valley.
5.    Sangio’s high acidity, light body, and moderate alcohol level makes it a food-friendly wine.

Try Sangiovese at your local Temecula Valley wineries —


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