50 Varietals Down, 50 to Go

Wine goals: we've all got 'em, right? Whether it's to travel to great wine regions or to become an expert on a specific varietal, it's fun to set goals and tackle them. I've written about my goals on here before but I'm adding another to the list: try 100 single varietals.

To some of you, 100 might sound impossible. To others, it might be child's play. For me, it's both challenging and attainable, making it a worthy personal goal. So a few weeks ago, I flipped through my Delectable log, old pictures, and my memory to make a list of single varietals that I have tried. Turns out I was already at 48—almost halfway there! Time to cross out #49 and #50!
Dying to know which varietals I've tried? Scroll to the bottom for my full list!

Crossing the Halfway Point

I love trying new varietals so I have a lot of options on hand, including Carignan, Sylvaner, Xinomarvo, and Aglianico. But I decided to save those for another day, opting to pop open Cinsault and Frappato for a few reasons. One, both are fruity reds that are typically found in blends, not single varietals. Two, the bottles I had were organic, which I always appreciate. And three, both cost me less than $20. Check, check, check!

Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato 2016
Located in Vittoria, Sicily, Feudo di Santa Tresa produces organic wines from typical Sicilian grapes like Frappato, Grillo, and Nero d'Avola. Sicily is one of my favorite wine regions so I was very excited to try this Frappato. Thankfully it did not disappoint!

Did I just meet my new favorite summer red? This juicy Frappato is bursting with bright strawberries, red cherries, red grapes, and electric acidity. There are also hints of cinnamon, white pepper, and sea salt. Definitely serve chilled.

Purchased from wine.com for $14.99.

De Martino Gallardia Cinsault 2014
Cinsault may have originated in France but the De Martino family has found success with it in the cool climate Itata Valley in Chile. Their vines were planted in 1982 just 13 miles from the ocean in quartz and clay soil. (I love when wineries provide details!)

This Cinsault is smoother and richer than the Frappato but matches its yumminess. If you prefer bold reds but want something lighter for summer, this could be a great pick for you. Flavors here include darker red berries like ripe strawberry, punchy raspberry, and a faint earthiness. It has soft but present tannins and electric acidity. I think this would be nice with a slight chill, too.

Purchased from wine.com for $18.99.

Want to join me on the quest for 100? Make your list and get in touch with me!

Single Varietals I've Tried

1. Albariño
2. Albillo
3. Assyrtiko
4. Barbera
5. Blaufränkisch
6. Cabernet Sauvignon
7. Cabernet Franc
8. Carménère
9. Chardonnay
10. Chenin Blanc
11. Cinsault
12. Encruzado
13. Frappato
14. Freisa
15. Furmint
16. Gamay
17. Garganega
18. Gewürztraminer
19. Glera
20. Grenache
21. Grillo
22. Grüner Veltliner
23. Kerner
24. Lambrusco
25. Malbec
26. Merlot
27. Montepulciano
28. Muscat
29. Melon de Bourgogne
30. Nebbiolo
31. Negroamaro
32. Nerello Mascalese
33. Nero d’Avola
34. Petit Verdot
35. Pinot Grigio
36. Pinot Noir
37. Raboso
38. Riesling
39. Sangiovese
40. Sauvignon Blanc
41. Syrah
42. Tempranillo
43. Torrontes
44. Verdicchio
45. Vermentino
46. Viognier
47. Vranac
48. Xarello
49. Zinfandel
50. Zweigelt