SIEGERREBE (German for 11 Victory vine 11) is a white wine grape grown primarily in Germany with some plantings in England and British Columbia. Because Siegerrebe ripens early in cool climates, it is increasingly being planted in western Washington as well. Siegerrebe is a cross between Madeleine Angevine and Gewurztraminer. It has pleasant floral and spice aromas; with flavors of grapefruit, honey, spice, pears and apricots. Siegerrebe wine created in the "Alsatian" style of winemaking involves fermentation to total dryness, retention of high acidity and storage in stainless steel tanks, rather than oak barrels, thus preserving the intensity and complexity of the natural flavors of the grape.
MADELEINE ANGEVINE is a white wine grape from the Loire Valley in France that is also popular in the United Kingdom, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, and Washington State. The early-ripening grape is a cross between Madeleine Royale and Precoce de Malingre grapes and is a Riesling-type that grows well in cooler climates. Madeleine Angevine makes an attractive fruity wine with a flowery nose, similar to an Alsatian Pinot Blanc. It is crisp, acid, and dry and pairs particularly well with seafoods such as crab and oyster.
MELON DE BOURGOGNE is a white wine grape often referred to simply as Melon. Melon de Bourgogne was initially planted in France sometime in or before the 17th century. Muscadet is the white wine made from these grapes. In France, this wine is made at the western end of the Loire Valley, near the city of Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region neighboring the Brittany Region. More Muscadet is produced than any other Loire wine.
PINOT NOIR is a red wine grape. The name is derived from the French words for "pine" and "black" alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. In the last thirty years, Oregon's Willamette Valley has produced some excellent Pinots.
PINOT GRIS is a white wine grape variety thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot Noir grape. It normally has a grayish-blue fruit, accounting for its name ("gris" meaning "grey" in French) but the grape can have a brownish pink to black and even white appearance. The wines produced from this grape also vary in color from a deep golden yellow to copper and even a light shade of pink. The clone of Pinot Gris grown in Italy is known as Pinot Grigio.
AGRIA is a Hungarian grape sometimes called "Bull's Blood", due to its intensely dark color. Unlike most red wine grapes, Agria is a "Tenturier", meaning the flesh of the grape is dark, as well as the skin. Agria is widely grown in Eastern Europe for blending. On its own, the Agria grape has flavors of strawberries and black cherries.