This year, make a resolution to be fun and adventurous and expand your palate.
We all love our Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons, and all too often they are our standard go-to wines. In 2020, make a resolution to be fun and adventurous and expand your palate. Taste, drink and celebrate with these fun exciting wines that you all know but are not quite sure you should try. Enjoy the pleasures of getting to know your palate while exploring these five exciting wines from around the world. Thom Elkjer said, “Wine is a passport to the world.” So no need to leave your home, just hop around the globe with these five wonderful wines you must drink in 2020.
Franciacorta is Italy’s best-kept secret. It is Italy’s finest sparkling wine produced at the foothills of the Alps in Lombardy, around the picturesque town of Brescia. Like Champagne, this complex Italian sparkler is made using the traditional méthode champenoise, where the secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle. In 2020 expand your palate for bubbles with Franciacorta and give these elegant sparkling wines a swirl.
2. Valtenesi Chiaretto Rosés
Think outside the box, and think outside of Provence when it comes to rosé wines. The Valtènesi region in Italy lies to the west of Lake Garda, filled with olive groves, vineyards and rolling green hills. Here gorgeous rosé is been produced from the autochthonous grape Gropello. In Valtenesi winemakers are artisan craftsmen, making rosé that has a distinct and unique style. The rosés(Chiaretto) are fresh, aromatic and lively with zippy acidity and distinct minerality. Valtenesi Chiaretto’s are appreciated for its fruitiness and its delicate aromas.
3. Chenin Blancs from the Loire Valley
Chenin Blanc has been grown in Loire Valley for centuries. It is a classic grape that is often overlooked but is a darling amongst sommeliers. It is a variety that is planted throughout the world but has its best expression in the Loire Valley, and more specifically between Blois and Savennières. Chenin Blanc can be vinified in a range of styles from austere, mineral, and refreshing to rich, honeyed, and sweet, and sparkling. Chenin Blanc, simply put, is sublime. A wine that is age-worthy and a favorite amongst collectors.
4. Nerello Mascalese
Nerello Mascalese is an elegant medium-bodied red wine from the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. Sicilian wines are making a huge splash in the wine world, and more specifically the wines from Mount Etna. The wines express the magical volcanic terroir of Etna with freshness and distinct minerality. They have wonderful red fruit with an herbaceous earthy element from the volcanic soils. Nerello Mascalese produces wines of elegance and finesse that are reminiscent of the crus of Burgundy and Barolo but at a fraction of the cost.
5. Oregon Pinot Noirs
Pinot Noirs from Oregon, more specifically the Willamette Valley is a must-try for 2020. These Pinot Noirs are a perfect blend of old-world wines with a mix of new world flair. Oregon makes wine at the same latitude(45 degrees north) as Burgundy, thus their wines exhibit the grace of a classic Burgundian Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noirs of Willamette Valley are light and elegant. They offer the expressive complexities that a true Pinot Noir should. Oregon Pinot Noirs are an excellent choice to drink now or add to your cellar.
**This article first appeared in The Indian Scene Magazine January 2020**