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Episode V: Aromatic whites


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If you like the floral and spice notes of Gewürztraminer but find the wines either too intense, too sweet or too soft (a typical trait of this rather low-acid variety), go south to Greece and try the equally difficult to pronounce, Moschofilero.

Like Gewurztraminer, Moscholfilero is a grey grape used to produce white wines. The term grey refers not to the color of the grapes, which are pink to purple, but rather to the intensity of their color which falls somewhere between white grapes and the black grapes used to produce red wines.

Those skins are rich in in aromatic compounds, as well as pigments, lending Moscholfilero wines some spicy notes and a rich floral bouquet. Moscholfilero is gently aromatic when compared to Gewurztraminer, though the aromatic profiles can be similar, though the wines tend to be lighter bodied and feature zesty acidity. If Moschofilero proves elusive for you, there is always….

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