There are so many different varieties of grapes out there in the real world. It is a shame we limit ourselves to the “big seven“, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet, pinot noir, zinfandel, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. For example did you know that in Spain they grow over 146 different varieties of grapes? Think of all the different fun flavor profiles that this allows you to experience.
For just a moment, do you limit yourself to just seven foods? Would you like a diet that every day of the week for the rest of life you could only eat seven things always prepared in the same manner? It would really be boring if our diet consisted of grilled chicken breast, poached eggs, pan fried tilapia, iceberg lettuce salad, steamed rice, bologna sandwiches, and corn flakes. That’s it, seven dishes. Yet out of fear of the unknown we often limit ourselves and our enjoyment and experiences in the wine arena. So why not venture out? Why not try something new? There are so many great wines out there. Lets get out the “same old” wine rut.
Here are some wines we suggest you try for new and enjoyable experiences. For the whites, try a Riesling from Germany or Alsace with Asian foods, try a Gruner Veltliner from Austria with any food where you might normally drink a chardonnay, or how about an Albarino from Spain with seafood. For reds, try a tempranillo from Spain, a Touriga National from Portugal, or an Aglianico from southern Italy.
Here is an idea – when you go to a wine bar or a restaurant that serves wine by the glass, never buy a wine you have had before. Just like we try new foods in restaurants, use the “by the glass” experience to experiment with new wineries, new styles, new regions or new varietals. Try an experiment. Eliminate the wines in the bottom third and top third of the price categories, focus on the mid priced wines, and pick out one you have never heard of or tried before. I think you will find it to be a very interesting experience.