8 wine grape varieties you've probably never heard of

Surprise your next dinner guests with these delicious, relatively unknown varieties.

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Surprise your wine palate...

From the lush, green vineyards of Israel's Golan Heights to California's sun-kissed Sonoma Valley, there's never been a better time to enjoy the fruits of the world's wine scene. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Gewürztraminer and dozens of other popular varieties fill the shelves and dominate the glass.

Like any great art, there are surprises and rising stars, even in wine; these varieties offer something unfamiliar to the palate and deserve their own attention.

We've compiled just a few of these relative unknowns in an effort to add not only something new to your next dinner party, but also shake up your wine cabinet. Some of these may be a bit hard to find, but we guarantee the effort will be as rewarding as the outcome delicious.

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