Explore Off the Beaten Path Varietals with Winebow

Our third of three Wine Tasting breakout sessions will be Off the Beaten Path Varietals with Master of Wine Sheri Sauter Morano and sponsored by Winebow.

If you were to ask one hundred wine lovers for a list of the grape varieties they tend to drink the most, there’s a good chance the majority of lists would be pretty similar. But given there are thousands of different grape varieties to choose from, why do we always tend to stick to the ones we know? And more importantly, how can we change this?

We cornered Sheri to explain more about this session:

I am reminded of one of my very first wine purchases – made two days after my 21st birthday. I went to my local wine store and cornered the first employee I could find. I wanted to know, I told him, exactly what a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Merlot, a Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay tasted like. Why those four grapes? Well, not only were they the ones I felt the most comfortable pronouncing, but they were the ones that everyone seemed to talk about.

Well, fast forward a few (ok, 16) years and while I have learned a lot more about those grape varieties since then, I have also discovered there is much more to the world of wine than just the classics. In fact, one of the most enjoyable parts of my exploration of wine has been to venture off the beaten path.

Since finding unusual and different wines can actually be a bit of a challenge, this session will give wine lovers a chance to discover a selection of unique grapes from around the world. With more than 10,000 different kinds of grapes grown around the world, we had more than a bit of fun deciding which wines to include.

So join Sheri on Saturday, August 18 at 2:25 pm for a fascinating tasting discovery session. You’ll taste through a variety of interesting wines and discuss not only what makes them unique, but also how to communicate with others about them and ultimately, how to inspire more people to expand their grape horizons.

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  • http://www.missinwine.com/ Caroline Henry

    Wow this tasting sounds amazing!! Will definitely attend:-))

  • Alex

    Hello this is Alex from the wine forum http://WWW.winebasic101.com. Chardonnay is a great first wine to drink. Any white wine is a great wine to get used to. Reds sometimes can be overwhelming especially for a beginer wine drinker. Rose or blush wines are also great beginer wines.

  • Clive Pursehouse

    Auxerrois? Oregon’s making a bit of it.