Five Wines You Should Discover

5 Exciting Wines You Should Discover Today


One of the greatest things about wine is that it is an ever-growing, moving target. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on something -- wham! -- it changes. Back in the day, wine was pretty much about Bordeaux and California Cabernet, maybe with a little Burgundy or cheap Chianti thrown in for diversity.

Well, today even thinking about California Cabernet can make your head hurt, and if you really want to push the limits you can start studying (like how I use that term? Yes, we are studying wine here!) Norton from Virginia, or Rkatsiteli from Georgia (as in the Republic Of).

Now that may be getting a bit esoteric, but I love wine because it is an adventure, and if you’re not willing to have some fun, then you probably haven’t read this far anyway. Let's take a look at 5 wines that have a little fun factor to them!

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1.) Foja Tonda

Foja Tonda is the local name for a very local grape. Casetta, as the grape is known in Italian, is only grown in one place, by one family. The Albino Armani family is single-handedly responsible for saving this grape, indigenous to the Adige Valley where the province of Trentino meets the province of Veneto. It’s a classic northern Italian wine, high-ish in acid with soft tannins and floral notes adding accents to slightly dried berry fruits. It’s a lovely wine, and it's always a treat to know you’re drinking a piece of history. While Foja Tonda may only be available from one producer, it can trace it’s lineage back to the end of the last ice age.

2.) Txakoli

Txakoli is certainly produced by more than one family, and in a range, albeit narrow, of styles. But it’s fun all around, starting with the name. “Cha co li,” as it’s pronounced, is at it’s best when produced in a very slightly spritzy style that emphases the wine's fresh, mineral-toned fruit and cleansing character. If I‘m having seafood tapas in the summer -- and who isn’t? -- a bottle of chilled Txakoli is one of my go-to wines. The fact that most are relatively low in alcohol is an added bonus if you’re like me, and are enjoying that tapas under a setting sun!

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  • Snooth User: hugh27
    Hand of Snooth
    253137 65

    This is what makes wines fun- however in the list above it was significant in that there were no BIG reds- however I have two for you
    Fattoria de Gratina in south west Tuscany produces a huge red from the Gratina Grape- the wine is called Siro and will match any super Tuscan, classified Bordeaux or California red- Tobacco, red fruit, Licorice with deep provencal herbs, this is a blockbuster- grown only by the Fattoria de Gratina- 6000 vines in the world and certified as a classic Varietal by the University of Milan- well worth a try at < another is from the Colli di Serrapetrona from the Marche region- they have taken the Vernacchia Nero which was recently used for red sparkling since recent time but in 1893 this grape was considered the best red of the Marche region- - the Colli has now revised the production to match the historical version- and produces a wine of great elegance and finesse with great aging potential- again the only producers of this wine <>
    Hugh Sutherland

    May 10, 2010 at 5:26 PM

  • Snooth User: AAVE
    79524 1

    Donatella Cinelli Colombini makes a fantastic wine that is a blend of Sangiovese and Foglio Tonda (which I believe is the same grape variety as the above Foja Tonda). The wine is known as Orcia Cenerentola DOC and is made at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda, Tuscany.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:36 PM

  • Snooth User: pink41
    277157 1

    What's the price point on the Fattoria de Gratina Siro, Colli di Serrapetrona red,Donatella Cinelli Colombini Sangiovese and Foglio Tonda ?

    May 10, 2010 at 11:35 PM

  • Snooth User: wineo8
    476379 1

    Rimfire 1893

    Crafted from Rimfire's unique white wine grape variety, this wine has captured the imaginations of wine-lovers everywhere. As flavoursome as it is dry, Rimfire 1893 exhibits delicate citrus aromas reflected by subtle lemon, lime and grapefruit characters on the palate. The crisp acidity makes Rimfire 1893 a perfect match to Australian seafood and summer salads. Truly intriguing, 1893 is one of Rimfire's most sought after wines.

    1893 is an unidentified white grape that dates back to the region's historic vineyard planted by the first settlers. Soon after Rimfire was established in the mid 1990s, a lone, very old vine was found growing in a nearby paddock - in almost the exact same location the historic vineyard was planted more than a century earlier. Unable to identify the unusual variety, Rimfire forwarded samples to the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). The results of DNA testing confirmed what Rimfire suspected all along: it was truly a mystery variety with no known DNA match on the vine databank
    As we Australians say "Downunder":
    "Stick that up your jumper mate!"

    May 11, 2010 at 7:30 AM

  • I like Australian yellow tail shiraz. This Rimfire white sounds interesting!

    May 11, 2010 at 8:45 AM

  • Snooth User: Michael759
    259542 89

    I had the Albino Armani at a local wine dinner and it was great. Very smooth, nice flavors and a great value. I think it was less than $20 a bottle and I bought a couple. Opened the last bottle not too long ago and thought to myself, why didn't I buy more!

    May 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM

  • Snooth User: ceitruadh
    87710 90

    Txakoli, is a favorite summer white at our house. Our son introduced us to it several summers ago and it was a hit. Light, slightly spritzy and very refreshing, with summer seafood. It is a fun summer wine.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:32 PM

  • Snooth User: Chris Salvatori
    Hand of Snooth
    93847 123

    Just got back from a few weeks in Spain, and was amazed at how few people (in Barcelona, Madrid) knew about Txakoli. Granted not much of it is made in the first place, and that it's made primarily in a defined region new San Sebastian, but I think the the Basque folks drink it all to prevent it from going to far away :-)

    For obvious reasons, I am very biased toward the Ganeta Txakoli, which can be found in the Washington DC area:

    Jun 10, 2010 at 6:34 PM

  • Snooth User: annhird
    348939 16

    lowly cote de rhone? why lowly?

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:05 PM

  • What are you on about - article does not mention cote(s) de rhone.
    Get with the program !

    Jun 02, 2011 at 5:32 AM

  • Txakoli is not needed in Catalunya as they have loads of international varieties and their own Parellada (Vina Sol) and Vina Esmeralda (aromatics) and boutique wineries in Priorat etc.
    Txakoli will turn up in San Sebastian, Basque areas.
    In Spain each region has its own favourites.
    They (regional grape varieyies) are part of what makes wine interesting in Europe and they go with the local foods.
    Cool climate Northern wines from Spain like those from Galicia and just above Portugal (Albarinos) are aromatic, unusual. If you see wine varieties Godello, Trincadeira etc, they are from around there and interestring. or Lets just propose a rule here - to be a real wine fan you should try every grape variety you see at least once! What have you got to lose?

    Jun 02, 2011 at 5:39 AM

  • Sorry annhird, don't know context but you are right.
    Lowly does not belong in same sentence as Cotes du Rhone.
    2007 and 2009 vintages especially outstanding

    Jun 02, 2011 at 5:41 AM

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