Summer is special. It’s for adventure, for acting with abandon—witness appearing in public in the visual equivalent of a bra and underwear. There is no “winter romance,” and Sandra Dee didn’t belt out “Autumn Lovin’ ’’. So, I’m marking this the “Summer to Drink Wine Adventurously.”
This is not a challenge to drink yourself to oblivion. Instead, I challenge you to try wine from regions where you’ve never ventured or from grapes you’ve never tried, much less pronounced. Wouldn’t you say, “Count me in,” if someone declared they’re on a mission to drink adventurously? Wheels up for your summer wine adventure. Shop the story.
Learn about Wine: They Make Wine Where?
Surprisingly, wine is made in all 50 of the United States, and I’m not just talking Grandpa churning it out in the basement. With many worth trying, here are 2 to kick start your great American wine road trip:
Cheer on an Underdog: Great Summer Wines from France
I’ve never understood why wines from Alsace, France, aren’t more widely known and loved. The region’s Grand Cru wines, the crème de la crème, are roughly $25, a feat hard to replicate anywhere else in France. Two from a favorite Alsatian winery:
Can’t Pronounce It? Try It Anyway!
If you’re so over New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, try Txacoli. Pronounced chah-koh-lee, it is a little known grape from the Basque region of Spain with a slightly effervescent, fresh, lemon-lime taste. Spanish wines I love:
Italian Wine Grapes You’ve Never Heard Of
With thousands of native Italian grapes, why keep drinking Pinot Grigio? Vermentino and Arneis are both off-the-beaten-path and have more character. Vermentino is from the coast of Tuscany, away from the well-trod Chianti region. Arneis often shows much complexity. The Italian affair begins:
Love Prosecco Wine? You’ll Love This.
Not to sound like Amazon’s book-recommendation machine, but if you default to the ubiquitous Italian sparkler, Prosecco, give sparkling saké a whirl. It comes prettily housed in everything from elegant vase-like bottles to girly pink and baby blue colored flip-top cans. Let your saké adventure begin with these:
*But responsibly, of course