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What's in a Wine - S


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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Saint-Julien
Some feel that this AC produces the most consistantly high quality wines in France's Bordeaux region. This commune is the smallest in the Medoc but contains 11 cru classes chateaus. The red wines produced here are dominated by the cabernet sauvignon grape but they usually also contain merlot and cabernet franc with small amounts of petit verdot.

Sancerre
This appelation in the northern Loire Valley in France encompasses the village of Sancerre and 13 others. Almost all of the wine from this area is white and made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. These wines are very crisp and acidic in style. The best usually come from the villages of Bué, Chavigno, Ménétréol, and Verdigny.

Soave
This DOC is located in the Veneto region east of Verona. It produces one of Italy's most famous white wines. The primary grapes used are Gargenega and Trebbiano. The smaller Classico area which is in the hills above the town of Soave produces the best wine.

Spätlese
This German word means "late harvest" or "late picking." These white wines are usually sweet, high in quality and more expensive than ordinary table wines and can come from a variety of districts in Germany. They are made with the Riesling grape.