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The Wine Buyer created this alphabetical list of wine "names" along with color, place and grape to help you decipher what's in a wine! In the US, most wines are labeled with what grapes are used to make the wine (there are some notable exceptions!). However, in other parts of the world, especially in Europe, many wines are named for their location, appellation, village, etc. In some cases, we've listed both reds and whites for a "name" if there are good wines made from another varietal. We also indicate if the wine is sweet if that's what the area/name is known for. Note that for Bordeaux, France we've listed the appellation/village names for most of the important ones but not the individual chateau. And in Burgundy it is possible that you won't find the village on the label if it's a Grand Cru wine. However, most of the Grand Cru have the name (or part of the name) of the village incorporated in their name, like the Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin from Gevery-Chambertin. This can get complex! If you have another wine name you know about and would like to add to this list or have a question about another one, please let us know! We will be adding a new wine name to this list every week from our newsletter.

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Recioto
A red wine made in the Veneto region of Italy using primarily Corvina grapes which is also the primary grape used in making Amarone. The grapes are dried in a cool, airy room for up to 4 months to concentrate sugars and flavors; this is called the Passito method. The resulting wines can be either sweet and are called Recioto Della Valpolicella or dry when all the sugar is fermented out and are then called Recioto Della Valpolicella Amarone.

Ribera del Duero
This is an appellation or viticultural area in Spain along the Duero river halfway between Madrid and the Atlantic Ocean. The Duero river becomes the Douro river in Portugal. The primary wines made here are reds with the Tempranillo or Tinto del Pais grape as it's known locally. Other reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec are also grown here and often blended in with the Tempranillo.

Rioja
This appellation in northern Spain produces primarily red but also some rose and white wines. Wine has been made in this region for 2,500 years! The reds are primarily made with Tempranillo but Grenache, Carignan, and Graciano are also allowed. The rose wines are made with these same red varietals. The white wines are made with Macabeo, Grenache, or Malvasia.

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