We've been waiting to taste out a few "weirder" wines that have been patiently waiting to be opened. Come learn about these less-famous grapes and see what they're all about. They're not cheerleaders like Pinot Noir or football captains like Chardonnay. They're the bookworms who hole up in the library instead of going to that big party off-campus. They're the wallflowers...or are they? Maybe they're just waiting for you to start a conversation. They might be shier than the more popular varieties, but they've got a lot to say. Come get weird with us.
2013 Oyster River Wine Co. Villager White – Maine, USA ($14)
Grapes: Seyval Blanc/Cayuga
Grapes are sourced from Seneca Lake in New York. This white blend is just a tad off-dry, pleasantly aromatic and finishes with super crisp German-Riesling-like acidity. It’s a white even your friend who only drinks red will enjoy.
2014 Compañon Arrieta ‘Herrigoia Zuri’ – La Rioja, Spain ($17)
Grapes: Viura/Malvasia Riojana
A balanced and honest young Viura great with seafood, poultry, veggie kebobs, and, our favorite: cheese. Herrigoia translates to “uptown” in Basque dialect, referencing the hilly vineyard sites with soil composites of limestone and shale. Rioja whites are new to us, and we adore this one. It is balanced and zesty, refreshing and crunchy, jovial and assertive.
2015 Domaine Comte Abbatucci, Ajaccio ‘Faustine’ Rosé – Corsica, France ($40)
Oh, Corsica, how we love thee. Especially your 2015 Sciaccarellu rosé. This is one of those rosés you can have all year, from the dead heat of summer to the harvest air of fall. Drink it now or save it for a cold night around the fire. This one is to die for.
2014 Tenute Rubino "Oltreme" – Puglia, Italy ($16)
It’s not only unique terrior and calcareous soil that make Luigi Rubino’s Pugliese wine so fragrant and fresh tasting, but it’s also the light-handedness he uses in making this wine. It tastes super real and we like it when that happens. This wine is who it is: 100% proud Southern Italian.
2015 Leonardo Bussoletti "05035" – Umbria, Italy ($19)
Grape: Ciliegiolo di Narni
Leonardo Bussoletti, a native of Umbria, fell in love with the native varietals of his land: Ciliegiolo di Narni and Grechetto. He farms seven organic hectares with calcareous soil and clay and his vines are trained with the cordon system. This red is light and memorable, like that sacred Bing cherry bite when you finish that melting ice cream sundae.