As a Sommelier, foodie and perpetual student of wine, people often ask me these two questions; do you drink all the time? And what food should I eat with this wine?
With the Holidays looming and so much to do, here are a few tips to make your “wine-decisions” a little easier!
Are you looking for a refreshing change from Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio? If you enjoy lighter bodied whites, try a crisp, slightly sweet and effervescent Vinho Verde from Portugal or a Moscato d’Asti from Italy, both delicious and lower alcohol. For a fruitier, more aromatic white, try an Argentinean Torrontes or a Spanish Albarino. For fuller bodied whites, try a Pinot Gris from Alsace, same grape as Pinot Grigio but much deeper in both color and flavor or a white Côte du Rhone, a blended wine made from mostly indigenous local varieties you will have fun pronouncing!
For reds, there is such a plenitude of styles! For lighter bodied, fruit forward examples, try a Dolcetto from Italy, a red Sancerre (Pinot Noir) or even an Anjou (Cabernet Franc) both from the Loire Valley in France. You prefer smooth medium bodied reds? Try a supple Garnacha (Grenache) from Spain, a Portuguese Douro blend or even a red from one of the co-ops in France’s Languedoc-Roussillion area. If you enjoy full, robust juicy reds, go for an Ontario Baco Noir, an inky Negroamaro from Southern Italy or a Tannat blend from Uruguay. For something impressively decadent that will bathe all your senses in yumminess, try an Amarone from Italy.
There is a world of wine out there to explore! I dare you to try something different…