How Grape Ripeness Affects Wine Varieties

Newcomers often latch onto grape varieties as though wine were like ice cream: the name of the flavor sums up how the product will taste. This is understandable. Grapes are prominent on many wine labels, and seemingly offer a clear-cut way to decode the wine. But varietal flavor is a moving target. There is a much wider range of styles possible within one grape’s wines than there is within the realms of chocolate or vanilla…

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