Grape guide

    Your no-nonsense guide to 25 common grapes, and the wines they make - with suggestions of great food matches.

    Red wine

    Red wine in glasses
    Can be cheap and cheerful or rich and complex - a good all rounder

    Cabernet Sauvignon
    A global classic - perhaps the most noble of the noble great varieties

    The grape behind Beaujolais - perfect summer drinking

    The flavour of summer holidays

    An increasingly popular grape after falling out of favour in recent years

    Produces hugely popular, easy to drink wines - perfect for a Friday night in

    The James Dean of the Italian wine industry

    A regional speciality that's gaining international fame

    Pinot Noir
    A worldwide charmer, hard to grow but can produce wine of exceptional quality

    South Africa's unique grape, created in 1925

    The basis of Tuscany's Chianti wine

    Syrah / Shiraz
    One of the international celebrities on the grape scene

    The most popular of Spanish red grapes

    A grape with a long history that produces dark, plummy wines

    White wine

    White wine in glass
    Spain's seafood white - drink it young, fresh and cold

    One of the few grape varieties that's become more famous than the wines made from it

    Chenin Blanc
    Could easily be classified as one of the great 'noble' grapes - find out about this grape's range

    An easy-to-grow stalwart of the supermarket bracket - the wine blender's favourite

    The wine student's favourite - packed with exotic aromas

    A grape with a long history - it actually tastes and smells of grapes

    Pinot Gris
    A grape that produces delicately floral wines

    The wine writer's favourite - this grape has capacity to produce great wines across the world

    Sauvignon Blanc
    Produces mouthwatering and fresh wines in a global charm offensive

    A chameleon grape and great mixer

    One of the great success stories of recent times

    Comments, questions and tips

    Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.
    Be the first to comment...We'd love to hear how you got on with this recipe. Did you like it? Would you recommend others give it a try?
    Be the first to ask a question about this recipe...Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved...
    Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe...Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.