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mChardonnay is the
dominant white grape of
the great still wines of

mChardonnay goes well

with seafood such as
Crab, Lobster, Oysters,
and Shrimp and with fish
including Red Snapper,
Striped Bass, and Tuna.
mIt has long been found in
the Champagne area of
northeastern France.
mChenin Blanc originated
in Anjou, in the Loire
Valley of northwestern
mIt is the most widely
planted white grape
variety in South Africa,
where it is called Steen.
m Enjoy Chenin Blanc
wines with Clams,
Oysters, Mussels,
Shrimp, Quiche, spicy
Mexican food and
Camembert Cheese.
mChasselasis perhaps the oldest
known cultivated grape variety.

probably originated in Asia

mChasselas wines accompany well

Cheese Fondue and another Swiss
specialty, Raclette, which is
Melted Cheese, served over Boiled
Potatoes with lots of ground Black
Pepper, accompanied by small
Pickled Onions and Pickles
mPinot Blanc originated in
the Burgundy region of
eastern France
mPinot Blanc has a light,
neutral aroma. highly acidic
and is often full-bodied. Its
skin contains a high level of
mPinot Blanc is food friendly.
Among the suggestions are
Thai and spicy Chinese
food, Antipasto, Clams,
Oysters, Mussels, and Pasta
with Cream Sauce.
mPalomino originated in the
Andalusia region of southern
Spain. Spain is the major
producer of Palomino grapes,
particularly in the Jerez
m. It also produces a dry white
table wine in southern Spain
and Australia.
mThe classical accompaniment
to dry sherry is Tapas, Spanish
hors d·oeuvres including
Shrimp, Lobster, and Spanish
mMuscat de Frontignan is
perhaps the oldest known
grape variety. It is one of
several related varieties of
m. It most likely originated
in Ancient Greece and
expanded into Italy and
France in Roman times.
mMuscat de Frontignan is
good with Clams, Fried
Squid, or Mussels
mThe white Pinot Gris grape is
a variant of the red Pinot Noir
mPinot Gris probably
originated in the Burgundy
region of eastern France.
mPinot Gris wines are yellow to
golden with a low acid level
and a long, dry fruity palate.
mEnjoy dry Pinot Grigio wines
with Mussels, raw Oysters,
Salmon, or spicy Chinese
mRoussanne probably
originated in the Côtes du
Rhône and Isère Valley region
of eastern France
mRoussanne grapes are
considered quite difficult to
mTry Roussanne-based wines
with Crab, Lobster, Turkey,
Duck, and Ham.
mSauvignon Blanc probably
originated in the Bordeaux
region of southwestern
mLargely because of its
acidity, Sauvignon Blanc is
considered an excellent
companion to foods of all
mSauvignon Blanc goes well
with a wide variety of Fish
and Seafood.
mSylvaner probably originated
in Austria

mSylvaner is found throughout

Central Europe, Germany and
the Alsace region of
northeastern region of France
mSylvaner may accompany
Choucroute (Sauerkraut),
Salad, Onion Tart, or Seafood.
mBarbera is the second most
widely grown red wine grape
of Italy
mThe Barbera grape has a
dark ruby color, with high
levels of acid but moderate
to low tannins.
mBarbera-based wines tend to
go with Italian food such as
Antipasto, Pasta with Tomato
or Vegetable Sauce, and
mCabernet Franc was known in
the Bordeaux region of
southwestern France
mCabernet Franc grapes ripen
earlier and their vines survive
cold winters better.
mCabernet Franc-based wines
are often enjoyed with Patés,
Couscous, Pork Chops, and
mCabernet Sauvignon comes from the
red Cabernet Franc grape and the
white Sauvignon Blanc
m Cabernet Sauvignon originated in
the Médoc and Graves areas in the
Bordeaux region of southwestern
mCabernet Sauvignon strong tannins,
high acidity, and powerful flavors,
usually black currant.
mCabernet Sauvignon accompanies a
variety of meat such as Pheasant
(Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon in
particular), Leg of Lamb (Californian
Cabernet Sauvignon in particular),
Hamburger, and Steak.
mCarignan originated in Spain
probably near the town of
Cariñena in Aragon.
mCarignan adds characteristics
such as body, color, fruitiness,
and length.
mA good Carignan can
accompany grilled meat,
Poultry, Rabbit, and Sausage.
mGamay probably originated in
Dalmatia in the former
mGamay produces a high acid,
low tannin, light colored,
fruity red wine.
mEnjoy Gamay wines with
Appetizers, Cheese such as
Emmenthaler, Greek Feta,
Muenster, Pasta with
Vegetables, Paté, Curried Fish
or Chicken, and spicy Mexican
mIt is believed that Merlot
originated in the Bordeaux
region of southwestern
mIt usually has a medium red
color, and is medium bodied,
soft, and round. Merlot is
generally enjoyed young.
mMerlot goes well with
Couscous, Mousakka, spicy
Chinese food, and Tuna. Don·t
waste a Chateau Petrus on
Mousakka or canned Tuna.
mGrenache originated in Spain,
where it is called Garnacha,

mGrenache produces fortified

sweet wines known as vins
doux naturels in the Banyuls
district of the Roussillon region
in southern France.
mGrenache-based wines are
popular with Lamb, Pork, Veal,
Eggplant, and Red Snapper.
mPinot Meunier is a mutation
of Pinot Noir. It comes from
northern France.
m It grows mostly in the
Champagne region of
northeastern France.
m. Pinot Meunier grapes are
more acidic thanPinot Noirs,
but are less colored with lower
mEnjoy still Pinot Meunier wines
with Roast Lamb, Mu Shu Pork,
Barbequed meat, and Blue
mMalbec probably originated
in southwestern France
m. Malbec wines mature
quickly and are best
consumed young.
mTry an Argentine Malbec with
Leg of Lamb, Roast Chicken,
or Roast Beef. Try a Malbec-
based Bordeaux with large
Game, Beef Stew, Duck or
m Nebbiolo occurs most
often in the Piedmont
region of northwestern
m Its juice is high in acid,
alcohol, and tannin
mNebbiolo can develop into
sparkling or still dry or
sweet red wines.