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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Argaman Grape Argaman Grape (Photo: Wikimedia)

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The deep purple of Argaman

A crossing of Souzão and Carignan grapes, the Argaman variety is an Israeli creation that offers complex, spicy, and rich flavors.

Researchers at both the Israeli Wine Institute and the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research worked for years to perfect the grape. It has since been planted exclusively in wineries throughout this Mediterranean country, with the grape's rich color (Argaman means "deep purple" in Hebrew) used in various blends.

Tasting notes for this variety include spice, ripe fruits and smoky leather.

It's best paired with grilled pineapple and sausage kebabs, lamb-stuffed eggplant or French slow-cooked beef in wine.

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