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We use three kinds of grapes to make our vinos. Snappy White is a blend of riesling and pinot blanc and Cheeky Rose uses pinot blanc and Sangiovese.

Riesling is a grape that originates in the Rhine area of Germany. It’s one of the most aromatic grape varieties in the world; fruits such as nectarine, apricot, apple and pear can be detected, but the particular fruit depends on where the grapes are grown. Riesling often has powerful acidity. When people hear a wine has acidity they often jump to the conclusion that is a bad thing, but a wine with little acidity is a problem. Another thing folks assume about riesling is that it is always a sweet wine. It isn’t. Riesling can be totally dry or it can be extremely sweet. The magic is in the winemakers blend. 

Whenever you see the word “pinot” in the name of a grape you can rest assured it is a mutation of the pinot noir grape (a notoriously unstable grape). Pinot blanc is likely a mutation of pinot gris (aka pinot grigio). It’s grown in various places in Europe and the New World and tends to be a lighter, crisper wine. Pinot blanc is the other component of  Snappy White.

Pinot blanc is also the main grape in our Cheeky Rose. The other grape is the Italian varietal Sangiovese. Sangiovese is a grape you likely know from Chianti and a number of other Italian wines. It has lots of acidity, can have the taste of tart cherry and even a bit of citrus peel. In Cheeky Rose it is added for color and a bit of perfume. We hope you love them as much as we do.