5 Unique Wine Grapes to Focus on this Fall

Breaking out of the routine with some exciting options for Autumn.


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A reliable variety tending towards overcropping, and producing for the most part light, fruity and easy drinking wines, the production of Valdiguié peaked in the late 1970s when California had some 6,000 plus acres under vine; today that total has dropped to under 1,000. If you want to try Valdiguié your options are limited, which is a shame seeing as varietal Valdiguié is a fun and affordable option for those times when you want a change of pace. J. Lohr is the champion of the variety with their widely available Wildflowers bottling which is a zesty, easy drinking example with just a light peppery edge. For a take on the variety that is more akin to what was being done by the best producers back in the 1970s try and track down a bottle of the very rare 2012 Forlorn Hope with it’s bright, juicy explosion of raspberry. Produced by Matthew Rorick, one of the new school of old school producers, it just might help to usher in the resurrection of  Valdiguié.

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