‘In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.’ (Napolean Bonaparte)
The grape or blend of grape varieties used to make a wine is a key factor influencing the style and quality of wine that is produced. There are hundreds of grape varieties that can be used to make wine, but only a small number of these have established a global reputation.
The WSET level 1 Award in wines (which I took at Leiths school of Food and Wine in London) introduces the following principle white and black grape varieties.
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Grigio
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir