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 notorious Isabella

A dark, purple-skinned vine that originated in the United States, the Isabella grape is widely blamed for the calamitous phylloxera plague that decimated Europe's vineyards.

Such notoriety aside, the Isabella grape today is widely planted in Portugal, Japan, Bali and Brazil. While not widely available, the most popular wine made from Isabella is fragolino, a sparking red said to be sweet and extremely refreshing.

Should you manage to get your hands on some, fragolino (which means "strawberry" in Italian) should be paired with desserts such as no bake white-chocolate strawberry pie or banana black cherry ice cream.

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