Readers' (and Reviewers') Spirit Grapes

In a recent article, managing editor Joe Czerwinski shared with us his spirit grape. That is, "the grape you identify with the most, the one grape you’d marry." A number of readers, including a couple of our very own reviewers, jumped at the chance to share their spirit grape.

"I wanted to say Nebbiolo for the intensity and the intellectual stimulation. The attraction is there and the conversation is always deep and meaningful, but ultimately I need a spirit grape with a wider smile and a sunnier disposition if the marriage is to last. It's gotta have a whimsical sense of humor and Nebbiolo is not big on banter or wit. I'm going to say Sangiovese for its versatility, vulnerability and its inner humanity: It screws up often, but when it gets its act together it truly shines."—Reviewer Monica Larner

"Syrah: When perfectly ripe she's grace and power combined."—Reader Scott Airhart

"Gotta be a grape that gets no respect. So I'll say Mansois a.k.a. Fer Servadou."—Reader Lyle Fass

"Cabernet Franc, without a doubt. It's not for everyone. Though it can be a little rough around the edges, it's still awesome."—Reader Lenn Thompson

"I think [Joe Czerwinski] and I share similar tastes, as for me it is a toss up between Riesling and Pinot Noir. I love the breadth of styles from dry to lusciously sweet and breadth of characteristics it can have from lean and minerally to tropical and plush that Riesling can achieve, which, for me make it the most interesting white grape. Then again Pinot Noir is so alluring; it can be soft and delicate, hard and demanding, or can perhaps reveal itself best when made into a sparkling wine with an undeniable textural quality and layers of complexity. Ultimately, I lean a bit towards Pinot Noir because of my love of Blanc de Noir Champagne, but it is a very close thing."—Reader Robert Kish

"If I must pick, it's the two that give me the most pleasure: Cabernet Sauvignon with age for its complex and aristocratic refinement, and Pinot Noir for its brilliance and purity."—Reader Christer Byklum

"My spirit grape—while cliche—would have to be Riesling. The transparency (terroir communicator), diversity (dry to sweet, youth to age) and ability to ride the fine line of acid, fruit, flavor, depth and complexity is second to none . . . I dare to say I strive to live my life like Riesling?!"—Reader Don Sritong

"Sauvignon Blanc: I like to be thought of as 'elegant and fresh,' but will smell like canned asparagus in old age."—Reader @bubblydrinks

"Fiano di Avellino: It represents the multiple, versatile and complementary souls of the Irpinia area."—Reader Diana Cataldo

"White Pallagrello: A wine that has the flavor of celebration and rediscovery."—Reader Lucia Ferrara

"Chardonnay is the Elizabeth Street #SpiritGrape—fun, reliable and classy!"—Reader @JeroboamsElizSt

"I have to say that the grape that allures me is the Sangiovese. It is present in so many amazing forms in the Tuscan Region. It marries so well with so many different other grapes that I can only say it is one of the most flexible grapes! I tend to see myself just like that, flexible, even if a bit conservative; very reliable. never too blunt and never too soft. Equilibrium, beauty, reliability and still able to make one of the best wines in the world."—Reader @beertowine

"Not being a grapist, I have no spirit grape. I believe in the joy of grape diversity and letting the wind take me where the mood and occasion requires."—Reviewer Mark Squires

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