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Muscat Canelli

by David on December 1, 2009

This grape is a mysterious seductress! A dyed in the wool Cabernet drinker will melt at the first whiff of heady, floral Muscat Canelli. Mysterious? It appears to be living under a number of assumed names. There are numerous grapes called Muscat, many of them redundant. Let’s talk about what it is before we address […]


Chenin Blanc

by David on June 30, 2009

Common synonyms: Chenin, Pineau de la Loire, Pineau d’Anjou, Steen Believe it or not, there was a time when Chenin Blanc was the most popular white wine in Napa Valley before it was eclipsed by Chardonnay and fell into relative obscurity. In its home in the Loire Valley of France, where it’s often called Pineau […]



by David on June 19, 2007

Fresh apple, pear and citrus–crisp with maybe some minerality? Or big, round, buttery and oaky? What goes on here? What is Chardonnay’s true identity? It seems to be all of the above. It’s quite a malleable variety that some say has little varietal distinction to call its own, yet it’s a beautiful showcase for terroir […]


NVWR® 22 – Understanding Wine Names

by David on August 8, 2006

Varietal, Meritage, proprietary and place names: If you’ve wondered about all the various ways we name wines and what the names communicate to you as a consumer, please join Nancy Hawks Miller, our Director of Education, for an investigation.