A new class to celebrate the start of summer!
The Wine Academy: Aromatic Whites for Summer
Join us for a new class on the heavenly aromatic whites of the world, exploring a wide range of delicious gems with wine expert Chris Griese.
Why do these particular wines smell so good? You can thank an aroma compound class called terpenes.
Terpenes are the carriers of the smell of orange blossom, geranium, lilac, and more. They are the aromas that are so uplifting and triggering for us outdoorsy types. Scratch that - for us human types! I know of no one that isn't happier after smelling the lilacs. Terpenes are what make those little vials of aromatic essences you see at places like Whole Foods so irresistible.
And terpenes are found in wines. Not all wines. Some wines get their aromas from external factors (think oak aging leading to butterscotch and vanilla). But some wine simply has more terpenes, leading to a category called "aromatic varieties."
Certain grape varieties lead the charge on aromatic wines. These are wines that, with your eyes closed and some attention paid to the smell, can transport a wine lover to another level of happiness. And, they pair exceptionally well with a favorite food category: good southeast Asian cuisine.
Grape varieties in this category: Malvasia Bianca, Muscat, Riesling, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Torrontes (you'll find in the Argentina section), and Albariño. And don't forget the category of Vinho Verde, made from aromatic grapes such as Loureiro, Azal, and Arinto.
Hope you can join us for this deep dive exploration into the aromatic wines of the world!
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