Over the years, multiple varieties have made the news for one reason or another. Some, like Gewurztraminer, suffer from difficult to pronounce names. Others suffer from identity challenges. Chardonnay anyone? Still more are actually difficult to get to a bottle in once piece without the high involvement of the dedicated growers to make quality wine. Here are a few of those challenging personalities and how much work needs to be done behind the scenes to create our favorite wines. Zinfandel – The Indecisive OneZinfandel has a tough issue. Is it a rose or is it a serious red? Is it going to be high alcohol or more moderate? Consumers are often not sure because, inherently, this variety is naturally indecisive. It tends to ripen extremely unevenly so you can have huge spans of ripeness wit...
By Victor Rallo Jr. and Anthony Verdoni
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As the former National Wine Director for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, I love the line, “A slab and a Cab, please.” As a native Texan, I never would have thought Texan Cabernet would join cat...
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