Vaccarèse (vack-are-EZ)

One of the common if minor red grapes in France’s southern Rhône Valley. Sometimes used in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Also known as brun argenté.

Valdiguié (VAL-dih-gay)

Southwestern French variety now virtually extinct there but growing in tiny amounts in California, where, in the past, it was the source of some wines known confusingly as Napa gamay.

Tinto Cão (TIN-toe COW)

The name means “red dog,” but it’s not clear why a grape would be so named. Old Portuguese variety native to the Douro and Dão regions. Commonly used as part of the blend to make… Continue reading

Tinto Fino (TIN-toe FEE-no)

A group of clones of tempranillo grown in Spain’s Ribera del Duero region. A synonym for tinta del pais. (See tempranillo).

Tannat (tan-AHT)

One of the leading grapes in southwest France, particularly used in the wines Madiran and Irrouléguy. Robust, tannic, and deeply colored. Brought probably from the Basque region to Uruguay in the 1870s. Today, it is… Continue reading

Tazzelenghe (taz-eh-LEN-gay)

In Italian, the name means “cut the tongue”—a reference to the sharp acidity of the wine made from this grape. A specialty of Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. DNA analysis reveals it to be the variety… Continue reading

Tempranillo (tem-pran-KNEE-oh)

Spain’s most famous red grape, tempranillo, makes a huge range of wine styles depending on where it is grown in Spain—and it’s grown in dozens of places. Tempranillo is, for example, the main grape in… Continue reading

Teroldego (tare-OL-dih-go)

One of the leading red grapes of Trentino-Alto Adige, the northernmost region in Italy. The grape makes fascinating, highly structured wines with lively blackberry fruit and tar characters. Teroldego is a grandchild of pinot noir… Continue reading

Terrano (ter-AH-noh)

Grown on the Italy-Slovenian border and in Croatia (where it is known as Teran), it is part of the refosco group. The wines have firm tannins and elegant fruit flavors, and often age well.

Terret Noir (tare-ETTE-nwar)

Grown in southern France in the Languedoc Roussillon, Provence, and in the southern Rhône. Of good but rarely great quality, terret noir is often a minor part of the blend in southern French appellations such… Continue reading