RYAN’S TABLE By Ryan Tatsumoto
Of the approximately 1,500 grape varieties grown worldwide, it is generally acknowledged that there are only six noble grape varieties. These six varieties produce outstanding wines on several continents. If you are a wine lover, you’ve probably sampled at least three, if not all six, of these noble grapes. All of the noble grapes originated in France, in either Bordeaux or Burgundy. All except for one — the one I call the sixth noble grape.
If you’ve sampled a red wine from Napa Valley, it was probably either pure Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Sauvignon-based. Cabernet Sauvignon is considered the “king of red wines,” especially in Napa Valley. Its parentage is Cabernet Franc, a red grape, and a white grape, Sauvignon Blanc — hence the name Cabernet Sauvignon.