5 Unique Wine Grapes to Focus on this Fall

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


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As with all things increasing popularity has lead to price increases for fine Mencia but these wines remain excellent values. Often compared to Cabernet Franc, I think the comparison is a bit extreme. Weight wise there is a resemblance between Chinon and Mencia, and they both are rather sapid red wines but the flavor profiles are distinctly different. Great Mencia is ideal for the cuisine of autumn, I’m thinking grilled duck or pork and black pepper with which I’ve paired D. Ventura’s fine Ribera Sacra Caneiro with in the past. I’m only seeing the less expensive do Burato on the market today, and that would be superb with some simply grilled fresh sausages. For those looking for something a bit more powerful the Telmo Rodriguez Mencia Gaba Do Xil is an excellent option

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