A big robust, long-lived, red wine from Piedmont, Italy.
Brunello di Montalcino (brew-nel-lo dah mon-tal-chee-no)
A very long-lived and exquisite red wine from Tuscany, Italy.
Famous wine area in southeast France, known worldwide for
excellent red and white wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon (ka-behr-nay so-veen-yohng)
Famous red wine grape varietal. Its origin is from Bordeaux, France.
Exquisite white wine grape varietal. Its origin is both the Burgundy and Champagne districts in France.
Chenin Blanc (shay-nan-blawnk)
Excellent white wine grape varietal. Its origin is the Loire Valley of
France where it goes by the name of Vouvray, first introduced
commercially in the USA by Robert & Peter Mondavi around 1955.
Chianti Classico Riserva D.O.C. (key-aunt-tee)
Superb red wine from the Tuscany area of Italy. It is known
worldwide as a good wine with most pasta and meat sauce dishes.
Fume Blanc (foo-may-blawnk)
French name for Sauvignon Blanc white wine grape varietal. First
introduced commercially in the USA by Robert Mondavi around
1966. Fume Blanc has a crispy, smoky, rocky finish.
Outstanding red wine produced in the Piedmont area of northern Italy.
It’s very long-lived and needs proper aging.
A crispy, dry excellent white wine from the Piedmont area of northern
Italy. Gavi is named after a German princess. It is superb with fish or
This wine is an excellent Alsatian white wine grape varietal with
aromatic aroma and bouquet and a totally dry finish. Great with
Red wine grape varietal with origins in the St. Emilion and Pomerol
parishes of Bordeaux. This noble grape produces a medium-bodied
or lighter style red wine.
Famous red wine grape varietal from Italy. It is said to be the “anchor”
for the great Italian red wines.
Pinot Grigio (pee-no-gree-geo)
Noted Italian white wine grape varietal, it produces a very light and
delicate white wine. Try the new Danzante by Robert Mondavi and
Marchesi de Frescobaldi.
Pinot Noir (pee-no n’war)
Very famous red wine grape varietal, it produces the great red
Burgundy wines of France.
Famous German white wine grape varietal that produces low-alcohol,
fresh and fragrant German Moselle and Rhine wines. The grape was
discovered by Benedictine monks in 1775.
Excellent Italian red wine grape varietal. It is the basic grape, along
with others, for Italian Chianti. In California, it produces a softly dry,
excellent red varietal wine.
Sauvignon Blanc (so-vee-yohng-blawnk)
A French white wine grape varietal, it is found both in the Bordeaux
and Loire Valley wine areas of France. Its attributes include a light,
dry, crisp taste.
Another fine French white wine grape varietal, its origin is Bordeaux,
France. Both France and California blend it to make superb dry or
German wine term that means the grapes are late harvested. The sugar
content in the grape is higher than in a normal harvest and produces a
A very famous Rhone Valley of France red wine grape varietal, used in
both Chateauneuf du Pape and Hermitage- both superb-quality Rhone
Excellent California red wine grape varietal with its origin in Apulia,
Italy, which is geographically the “heel of the boot” of Italy. Zinfandel
is a clone of the Sangiovese grape.
From Great American Guide to Fine Wines, Victor L. Robilio, Jr., 2002