12 Little-Known Wines Worth Trying
You may not have heard of them, but they're 'thrilling'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2010 2:52 PM CDT
Next time you buy wine, don't settle for the ordinary.   (©khawkins04)

(Newser) – Ready to move beyond familiar cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays? Eric Asimov of the New York Times suggests a dozen little-known but “thrilling” wines to explore:

  • Assyrtiko: This white wine grape from the volcanic island of Santorini “produces dry, deliciously minerally wines” that pair well with seafood.
  • Frappato: These grapes from southeastern Sicily make “lovely, fresh and lively wines that are delicious summer reds, especially when lightly chilled.”

  • Fumin: At around $35 a bottle, “these wines are not cheap but are stunningly good.”
  • Grignolino: This Italian grape “makes a pale, easy-drinking red” that is perfect for “casual drinking, perhaps with salumi or pizza.”
  • Romorantin: Ancient French grapes “make utterly succulent whites that are perfect balances between sharp citrus freshness and rounded floral, honeyed flavors.”
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