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Argentinian Malbecs tend to be fruity, soft, juicy, herbal, and in my opinion, spicy. They make an excellent “winter red,” so it’s probably time to stock up before the days get shorter and the chill sets in.

Syrah/Shiraz is to wine grapes as George Clooney is to the entire world. Dark, handsome, popular and better with age. Need we say more?

Sometimes mutant genes result in wonderful things, the Pinot Blanc grape for instance. Get the facts about this wine 

Gewürztraminer, aside from being fun to say, is perhaps the most complicated of the wine grapes. Why?

Chenin blanc, just like your like your favorite LBD, is favorite because of its versatility. Flavors in chenin blanc can range from stone fruits and honey to floral notes, a characteristic of Chenin blanc that develops with age.

Barbera is a red Italian grape known for deep color, low tannins, and high acidity. Its high yield makes it historically known as a “peasant's wine,” since it is easily mass-produced.

Sangiovese is the quintessential Italian red grape, with spicy strawberry flavors and a natural oakiness that comes out when aged in barrels. 

Pinot gris or pinot grigio, what's the difference? 

Get ready, garden parties, here comes Vigonier!

It's sometimes referred to as a gateway wine, meaning many wine drinkers take their first forays into wine with this berrylicious red. Even if you're well begun on your wine journey, zinfandel is a delight to sip.

Grown in the right climate, tempranillo is a spectacular full-bodied red wine, used on its own or in blends with other spectacular full-bodied reds. Get ready to try the good stuff.

Looking for a summer white? Look no further than Argentina's Torrontés. It's a white wine grape variety with peach and apricot aromas and flavors. We've got the A-B-Cs on this wine. Get 'em here.

Riesling is a highly acidic, aromatic, and floral white grape variety used to make all kinds of wine. Dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling white wines, you name it. It is a very versatile fruit and is rarely oaked, leaving it more crisp than silky (like you might expect from an oaky Chardonnay). 

Merlot wine is made from Merlot grapes, which are large, thick-skinned and very versatile. While the Merlot grape itself makes great single varietals when used alone, it is a favorite grape for blending as well and can add a softness, depth, and complexity to other grapes. The most popular blending choice is Cabernet Sauvignon. 

It’s not Shiraz. It’s not Syrah. It’s not even Petite Syrah. But Petite Sirah is definitely a wine worth trying. Get the skinny on this wine…or should we say, the petite skinny?

Prosser Vintners’ Village
By: Doniree Walker
Posted: May. 15, 2013

The best thing about wine tasting is discovering new favorite wines and getting to know innovative and quality winemakers. At Vintners’ Village in Prosser, Wash., that can happen in short order by visiting 11 tasting rooms—all within walking distance of each other.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the Marie Antoinette of red wines—rich, complicated, and the one everyone remembers. This favored child of the wine world is rich and plummy, often with notes of spice and black cherry. Get the low down on the wine from Doniree.

Sauvignon Blanc is the hipster of wine. It’s one of the first fine wines to be bottled with a screw cap and doesn’t age well, so grab it while it’s young. Depending on the climate, Sauvignon can be bold and grassy or sweet and tropical.

Pinot Noir is a variety of red wine grape, though it can be used in rosé wines, Champagne and even blended into some white wines as well. It is considered to produce some of the finest wines available.

Every best meal Doniree Walker has ever had starts with a cheese (or cheese and charcuterie) board and champagne. But it keeps going, and there's a perfect wine match for every course. You just need to know where to look. Check out these tips on good places to go, great things to eat and of course, magical wines to pair with everything. Where will you be for your next night out?

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