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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The intense Souzão

Known for its intense flavor and color, a trait that unusually comes from both its skin and juice, the Souzão grape is a Portuguese variety commonly blended into Port.

In addition to high potential alcohol and natural acidity, the Souzão grape also produces wine with aggressive flavor. Tasting notes include such flavors as wild black currant, licorice, spice and even leather.

While native to the Minho region of Portugal, the grape has also found a foothold among wineries in both California and Western Australia.

It's best to pair this one with meals packing heat, such as spicy chicken skewers or spicy chickpea and spinach stew. As a Port, we imagine the Souzão would go perfectly with this recipe for cream cheese stuffed dates from our Israeli Kitchen.

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