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Grapes You May Not Have Heard Of 

Posted on 4 January, 2018 at 17:15

There are many different grapes that are used to make wine that are not common to find here in Alberta. We are starting to see more and more of them finding the place on the shelves. Wine made from these grapes can be fun and interesting. Something new for our palates to experience. Often we get stuck having the same wines over and over again and we need to force ourselves out of the rut and have new experiences. They also make a perfect gift for the wine lover that has tried everything else. 

Below I have noted a few that are not too common that I often recommend to people looking to try something new.


Full-bodied with firm tannins and high acidity, rich flavors of white pepper, black cherry, plum, cured meat, leather, game, smoke, cocoa, ash, cedar, tobacco, tar, dried oregano, rose.

Pairs well with rich meats such as lamb.


The grape is noted for its distinctive botanical aromas of lemons, limes, pear, grapefruit, honeysuckle, nectarine, and occasionally orange zest. Mouth-watering acidity, slight saltiness, and mineral notes. The long tingly finish that often has a subtle bitter note.

Pairs well with Seafood, especially when served with a cream sauce.


A bright ruby red that is very intense and deep. Fresh, fruity with flavors of red berries, cherries and dark plums. The oaking provides subtle notes of vanilla ceader and licorice. The velvety full-bodied is enhanced by the soft tannins.

Pairs well with any thing stewed.


Baga is a red Portuguese wine grape variety planted primarily in the Bairrada DOC. As a varietal, Baga produces tannic wines with high acidity. Can densely structured, blackberry-fruit driven wines with high acidity and a tar-like finish in the Bairrada Classico. More Modern versions range from the aromatic and delightfully pink sparkling wines to the soft, structured light-bodied red wines that are reminiscent of Pinot Noir.

Pairs well with roasted Pork and Duck.


Also known as Douce Noir these wines can be very fruity with notes of black cherry, plum and other dark fruit. Other prominent aromas are violets, 5-spice, and peonies. When oaked they may have slight smoky notes of cigar box, sweet figs, and chocolate. Medium-body, lush acidity, and a smooth tannin finish.

Pairs well with grilled meats.


Dry and refreshing, Grillo table wine tends to be medium in body with good acidity with flavors of stone fruit and flower blossoms, as well as notes of melon and honey, guava, pear and grapefruit. This grape is also used in making Marsala.

Pairs well with lemon chicken.

Maria Gomes

Also Known as Fernão Pires. These wines can have a spicy aromatic character mixed with fruity notes of citrus and apple, balanced acidity, and crisp finish. This makes these wines very easy drinking.

Pairs well with great with tomato based pastas.

Nerello Mascalese

Bursting with red fruit flavors with notes of cinnamon and dried herbs. Finish long with a rustic earthy note, prickly acidity and medium weight fine-grained tannins. The beauty of Pinot Noir and the richness of Zinfandel, this wine very fun to drink to drink.

Pairs well with salmon.


These wines are very aromatic rich whites that can be dry or sweet with subtle notes of lychee, and green apple with spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. When dry wine will be crisp and refreshing and when Sweet can be unctuous and rich with some balancing acidity poking through.

Pairs well with spicy foods.


Fresh and aromatic with moderate acidity, smooth texture and mouth feel as well as distinctive peach and apricot aromas on the nose.

Pairs well with roasted beet and goat cheese salad.


Flavors of citrus, grass, fennel, and citrus blossom. Unlike most whites, Verdejo continues to improve with bottle-aging, where it gains some texture and flavors of toasted almonds.

Pairs well with roasted vegtables.

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Reply terence demers
2:06 on 9 January, 2018 
good morning. thx for email. I am in Glasgow Scotland on holidays and it is a great place to be!! I am going back to the Kelvingrove Museum Gallery today. I was overwhelmed yesterday. There is so much to see, to read and to enjoy. Today I am going to have a lunch there.
I will come and buy some vino when I get back. I've only been away about 3 weeks but now I am homesick for Jasper Avenue!!! I don't care how cold it is ....I miss my Starbucks at the corner of Jasper and 109!!!! see you soon and take care. Terence aka TDawg