The Most Popular Types of Wine
Getting to Know the Grapes
Want to branch out beyond your favorite wine but don't feel comfortable, not knowing what’s out there? Well, take a look at our rundown of the most popular varietal wines in America! This handy guide is an introduction to the grapes you want to learn about. In brief, easy–to-understand snippets (no fancy wine-speak here), you'll begin to understand what makes a Pinot a Pinot and how it differs from a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sauvignon Blanc has a long history in France, and is even one of the parents of the most famous grape of all, Cabernet Sauvignon. Although having achieved high levels of acceptance and popularity in France, Sauvignon Blanc is most famous in some of its new world incarnations. The citrus, pineapple and kiwifruit tones most common in New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc are paired with intensely green aromatics that recall gooseberries, freshly cut grass, and jalapenos, offering an unusual and unusually compelling blend of savory and sweet that has found a huge following.