Uncommon & Rare Wines You Need to Try

uncommon wines to try

Cabernet….Chardonnay…. There’s a reason these tried and true varietals are the most popular in the world. But with thousands of different varieties in existence it’s worth it to venture outside your wine tasting comfort zone now and again and try some uncommon wines. We’ve created a guide of our favorite off-the beaten path varietals from all corners of the world. Some of these wines you have probably heard of and are a great place to start and for the truly adventurous we’ve included some pretty obscure and rare wines to try. 

 

Malbec: We have Argentina to thank for Malbec’s wave of success and popularity, quickly making it a consumer favorite and go to BBQ wine for summer time. an easy to drink, crowd-pleaser you can expect lots of juicy fruit flavors with notes of spice in this wine.

Tempranillo: MEDIUM TO FULL BODIED, TEMPRANILLO IS A WILDLY DIVERSE WINE. IF YOU'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED IT, cabernet and sangiovese draw the closest comparisons. THIS FOOD FRIENDLY WINE HAS A GREAT FLAVOR PROFILE AND can USUALLY be found for A GOOD VALUE.

Carmenere: Originating in Bordeaux, france this wine can now mostly be found in chile. Its an excellent everyday food pairing wine. be sure to try it with smoked grilled or roasted meats. Noted for its red and black berry flavors its most closely compared to merlot.

Albarino: WHAT PINOT GRIGIO IS TO ITALY, ALBARINO IS TO SPAIN. A LIGHT, ACIDIC WHITE WINE, IT IS KNOWN FOR HAVING A DISTINCTLY BOTANICAL AROMA. DESCRIBED AS "consistently pleasant, refreshing wine, resolutely dry, [and] relentlessly citrus-flavored." IT MAKES THE PERFECT COMPANION ON WARM SUMMER DAYS.

Grenache: Okay okay... Grenache may not be uncommon to the seasoned wine drinker, but in a world where cab is king we think it has has earned a little time in the spotlight. One of the most widely planted grapes in the world, you rarely see Grenache as a stand alone varietal. this is because its low tannins, high alcohol content and fruit forward nature make it the ideal grape for blending.

Torrontes: This white grape varietal can only be found in 21,000 acres in argentina. it is most commonly compared to Gewürtztraminer for its floral, and often spicy notes. A smooth wine, with high acid, it is has a distinct apricot aroma. torrantes makes the ideal pairing for spicy mexican dishes and well as asian fair.

Mondeuse: Similar to rustic italian red wines, this obscure varietal can be found mostly in the Savoie region of France and scattered areas of Switzerland.  deep purple in color, Mondeuse has well-structured acidity and well-ingrained tannins. You can expect to find flavors of red fruits, violets, white pepper and cloves.

Charbono: Today there are only 52 acres of Charbono planted in the Napa Valley and another 27 planted elsewhere in California.Medium bodied with beautiful fruit flavors and great acidity, Charbono is an easy-drinking wine and, because of the acidity, a good match with many food dishes.

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