Know your wine grapes

From Cabernet Sauvignon to Gewürztraminer, wine grapes around the world feature complex flavors and aromas.

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The complex Riesling

While we often associate Riesling with only sweet wines, the grape is actually capable of producing some exceptional dry and semi-sweet varieties.

Unlike other grapes in our list, Riesling is an old variety, with references to it dating back to the 15th century. It is widely recognized as the best grape for expressing the land (or terroir) where its grown, with a preference for slate and sandy clay soil. It is rarely placed in oak and is an excellent grape for aging, with some Riesling wines needing 5-10 years to achieve full expression.

Thanks to its elegant balance of sugar and acidity, Riesling makes for excellent pairing with rich soups and stews, seafood and cheeses.

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