With thousands of different wine grapes and even more wine producers, it can be very overwhelming. Seems like a Sommelier class is needed to understand it all. And all we want to do is enjoy the stuff!
So what’s the straightest path to the enjoyment part?
Simplify! How about simplifying the THOUSANDS of different wine grapes down to the top SEVEN?
7 Noble Grapes
Here at Common Grape, we focus on these 7 because they are widely produced and popular with consumers. This means you can easily find these wines on store shelves and on restaurant menus.
These 7 are produced by both large and boutique wine producers from around the world. And these producers employ different production styles which means there are a lot of interesting things we can discover just with these 7 Noble Grapes.
So, what are the 7 Noble Grapes? Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz.
What makes them Noble? They are the most popular with consumers and they are easily produced around the world making them prolific. It also makes them accessible. As I mentioned earlier, you can easily find wine made from these grapes in stores and on restaurant menus.
Learn And Experience These Popular Wine Grapes
To better understand each of the noble grapes, dive a little deeper into what makes each of them special. Taste them to familiarize your palette and see what you prefer. Learn a little history for each wine grape, find the top producing regions, find wine recommendations, tasting and pairing notes.
Learn and experience the differences with all 7 Noble Grapes and identify which ones you want to learn more about. Find recommendations for a self-guided side-by-side tasting.
Riesling is a white wine with a range of sweet to dry and originates in Germany. Find out 3 hacks to determine the sweetness level in the bottle before you buy.
Sauvignon Blanc is an easy-drinking white wine that is fresh, crisp with high acidity and pairs well with seafood.
Chardonnay is a full-bodied white wine that is made in 3 distinct styles: oak, unoaked, and sparkling. The different styles determine which food pairings work best.
Pinot Noir is a light red wine with light tannins. It’s one of the most versatile wines to pair with food. An easy “go-to” when ordering a bottle for the table when your dinner companions are ordering across the menu.
Merlot is a very popular red that has similarities to Cabernet Sauvignon, but with slightly softer tannins. This makes it a great blending wine which is why you’ll find Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon the primary grapes in Bordeaux wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied, tannic red that pairs very well with red meat dishes, especially steak. It’s the royalty of California and the darling of Bordeaux.
Syrah/Shiraz…What’s with this name? Hint: The name that appears on the bottle points to the production style of the wine. Find out more about this fruity, tannic red. Another great food wine.