Richard Allen

Richard started working in the food and wine industry over 25 years ago. Over the years he has seen and done it all. He's had the opportunity and privilege to work with some of the finest chefs and sommeliers. After a successful career, he's decided to share his passion and devotion for wine through his blog.

Petit Verdot Wine Guide 101

Petit Verdot Grapes

What Is Petit Verdot? Petit Verdot is a thick-skinned red grape varietal that is small and highly valued for its color depth. Commonly used as a red blender in the traditional blends of Bordeaux, Petit Verdot plantings have started to appear in many regions outside France, such as Southern Europe, Australia, and the Americas. Historically, …

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Your Essential Grenache Wine Guide

Grenache Grapes

What Is Grenache? Grenache (also known as Garnacha in Spain) is a black grape variety widely cultivated in France, Spain, the United States, and Australia. The grape grows extensively in the Southern Rhône wine region, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence. For the most part, it is found next to Mourvèdre and Syrah to create the prestigious Southern …

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Your Complete Carignan Wine Guide

Carignan Grapes

What Is Carignan? Carignan or Cariñena in Spain (also Cariganen in the United States) is a thick, black-skinned grape variety native to Aragon in Northeastern Spain. Also, it is found in the Languedoc-Rousillon region in Southern France. There, Carignan blends with Grenache. However, the wines vary in style, depending on grape ripening and the vineyard …

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Your Essential Barbera Wine Guide

Barbera Grapes

What Is Barbera? Barbera is a thick, dark-skinned grape varietal found in wine regions in Italy, including Campania, Puglia, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Two decades ago, Barbera was one of the most most-commonly planted red wine varieties, just behind Montepulciano and Sangiovese, but today that is not the case. For …

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