Passerine birds

The tits, chickadees, and titmice constitute the Paridae, a large family of small passerine birds which occur mainly in the Northern Hemisphere and Africa. Most were formerly classified in the genus Parus. See the Passerina (grape). A passerine is any bird of the...

Italy: Naming Italian wine grapes

Naming Italian grape varieties: A few linguistic clues help decode some of the ways in which Italian grapes are referred to. For example, words like verde (green) or giallo (yellow) may refer to the color. More clues include suffixes that indicate size: -ino/a,...

Italy: Wine grapes

Italy: Wine grapes Italy is the country with the most wine grapes: roughly 30% of all the world’s wine grapes are Italian. Many of these grapes have called Italy their home for centuries, while others were imported to the country millennia ago by Greek colonists and...

Grape varieties: Native & Traditional

Native Grape Varieties and Traditional Grape Varieties Grape varieties can be divided into three categories: native (or autochthonous or indigenous), international (or allochthonous or foreign), and traditional. Native grape varieties are those that were born in a...

Grape varieties: Groups & Families

Grape varieties, Groups and families: Over time, grape varieties bearing the same name, or at least a part of it that is the same, have been mistakenly lumped together, blurring their identities. This practice is understandable yet incorrect. For instance, all the...