The Seven Most Surprising Wine Regions

From China to Croatia and beyond

 


You know that Croatia has a heartbreakingly gorgeous coastline, and that Idaho has famous potatoes -- but did you know that they both produce notable wine? It's not just novelty: More and more regions around the world are beginning to create legitimately intriguing, attention-worthy wines.

Some are just now climbing out of the jug wine ghetto, while others have been steadily building a tradition of fine winemaking for centuries. From Macedonia to the frozen vineyards of Ontario, Canada, here are the seven unsung or up-and-coming wine regions to check out next.

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1.) Croatia

Croatia sits just across the Adriatic from one of the most revered wine regions in the world. Its jagged, rocky coastline, attended by dozens of small islands, is the stuff of fantasy: white sand, hidden coves, and miles of can't-believe-it blue water. Beyond the beach, however, Croatia is home to its own winemaking tradition that dates back to 5 BC. Today, there are over 300 defined wine regions, which are largely divided between the warmer continental areas, and the coastal stretches that boast flawless Mediterranean temperatures.

Where to Start: Plavac Mali. Grown along the Dalmatian Coast, the nation's signature grape is kin to the original Zinfandel.
  

2.) Idaho

The mention of Idaho brings to mind just one crop, and it's certainly not grapes. But Idaho's history of winemaking stretches back a century; some of the earliest vineyards in the Pacific Northwest took root in its southwestern hills. In 2007, the state received approval for its first AVA -- the Snake River Valley (approximately half the size of the Columbia Valley).

Where to Start: Sawtooth. This award-winning winery continues to gain attention for its excellent Syrah and Pinot Gris.

3.) China

Though China has only recently become a major player in the importing of French and U.S. wine (the nation is now the largest foreign buyer of Bordeaux), it does in fact have a nearly 5,000-year old history of making wine from grapes. The country's thirst for internationally-produced wine is poised to grow to unprecedented heights in the next decade, and in the meantime, domestic production -- once largely focused on pumping out cheap jug wine -- continues to grow and refine. There are over 400 wineries now in operation, led by the nation's big three: Dynasty, Great Wall, and Changyu.

Don't miss: The next five years. Watch out for more and more Chinese bottles of note to hit American shelves and restaurant wine lists. While you're waiting, check out one of the nation's best expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon by Great Wall.


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  • Turns out the Lake Okanagan region of south central British Columbia has some vintners producing some excellent bordeaux style red blends or meritage wines. Burrowing Owl winery is particularly noteworthy.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 1:28 PM


  • What about the central Midwest? I've found some very intriguing wines from Indiana. They have the right climate, and very much the right soil in southern Indiana, with some of the purest limestone in it's base. There's a group of wineries in the area that have applied for an AVA called "Indiana Uplands". Have you tried anything from Turtle Run, Huber's, or Oliver's?

    Apr 05, 2010 at 1:32 PM


  • Snooth User: Carly Wray
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    Wow - I have to say I don't think I've ever tried something from Indiana, but I'll certainly put it on the radar! Thanks for the recommendation.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 1:39 PM


  • Sandhill Winery in Kelowna, British Columbia has produced some wonderful small lot wines that vary from Bordeaux to Super Tuscan styled blends. May be difficult to get in the U.S.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 1:52 PM


  • Snooth User: ksimback
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    Glad to see that India got a mention in the list, and I would add another producer - Grover Vineyards. They are based in the Nandi Hills region outside of Bangalore and make 7 or 8 varietals, including their "La Reserve" blend of Shiraz and Cab, and I had a chance to visit them on a recent trip. In addition to the granddaughter of the founder having gone to UC Davis, they are consulted by the famed Michel Rolland. Still hard to find in the US (most of their exports go to France - I'm sure not a coincidence with Rolland on board), but they're out there.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 2:14 PM


  • Snooth User: mrmwines
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    What about the up and coming wineries in Texas?

    Apr 05, 2010 at 2:46 PM


  • Snooth User: Carly Wray
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    I'm hoping to give them their own piece quite soon.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 3:01 PM


  • Snooth User: mrmwines
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    Great! They definitely deserve the attention ;-)

    Thx Carly!

    Apr 05, 2010 at 3:28 PM


  • As for Icewine from Canada, I highly reccommend those from Inniskillin. They've set a high standard and won many wines... high ratings from Wine Spectator and the such...

    Apr 05, 2010 at 3:33 PM


  • Snooth User: didier1
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    guys check out Morocco ! bringing sensationnal wines and available now in the US. Centuries of winemaking tradition and a muslim country being the largest producer of wines ....and very good wines !http://www.exoticimportsllc.net

    Apr 05, 2010 at 3:51 PM


  • Snooth User: amour
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    The wines of Morocco are truly lovely.
    I have had many holidays in North Africa
    as I mixed business and pleasure...
    my poems reflect the wines and the people of the region and the beauty of the pottery of Morocco,
    as well as the spirituality of the pottery-making process Morocco-style.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 4:00 PM


  • Snooth User: canda
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    Has anybody checked the wines from Romania / Transylvania?. They say these wines were the real reason the Romans conquered the place about 2000 years ago. What would that mean now?

    Apr 05, 2010 at 4:32 PM


  • Snooth User: vks
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    Hi all,

    I can't say that my opinion is objective but I do recommend the wines from Slovenia, as well as some interesting wines you can find in Istra county of Croatia, of course Montenegro can also surprise with its wines (similar to Macedonian).

    Although some my not think of it, but the Balkans is a special corner of Europe with many interesting wines as well as stronger alcoholic beverages.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 4:39 PM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Not sure why Macedonia, Croatia and Canada are 'surprising'. Zinfandel comes originally from Croatia, and the Greeks were drinking from kraters and kylix (as in my avatar) before the rest of Europe got out of mudwattle and skins. And the wines of Niagara and the Okanagan have been discussed many, many times on the Snooth Forum.

    Cutesy/gimicky titles with very shallow scans are one thing, but what would be far more interesting would be seven or more closeups on the wine in each of these areas, including tasting notes. This isn't an airline inflight magazine, but a site supposedly specializing on wine, after all. And please be realistic and not try to equate the wines of China and even India with those of Europe...

    Apr 05, 2010 at 4:41 PM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    I hope this doesn't mark a new trend towards Snooth Lite. Get a little assistance from Greg on things, Carly. And focus on where *good* wine is made first, as in the European countries mentioned in the comments above, and a few states within the USA or provinces in Canada. There's way too much wine that's directly available to Snooth members and good that's still not being covered. You guys aren't doing closeups on Santa Barbara or Temecula or Hungary or Western Australia or Chile but are putting this out???

    Apr 05, 2010 at 4:47 PM


  • Snooth User: annthevet
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    We were in Croatia for a week in 2008 and I have to tell you it displayed the worst wine I have ever tasted. We travel quite a bit and always try to drink local wine wherever we are and we gave it a good go. After about a dozen different bottles (some expensive), some of which had to be poured down the sink as it was undrinkable we moved on to drinking the local beer, which was excellent! The best bottle we had all week was from Hungary, and that isn't exactly a well known wine region. The next week we were in Italy, were you can't find a horrible wine even house carafe's... So the contrast couldn't have been more obvious

    Apr 05, 2010 at 4:49 PM


  • Snooth User: canda
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    I challenge dmker with this question: would you go through a blind tasting with wines from all over the world? What if you would after all prefer a wine from India or China over those of France or Italy? Apparently not.

    What if the best winemaker in France has started a winery in India and produces a great wine but at a much inexpensive cost?

    I would say people are biased due to traditionally pushed through long time advertising - "settled" wine regions - could we actually easily accept "new" regions as worthwhile?

    Apr 05, 2010 at 4:52 PM


  • Snooth User: Carly Wray
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    I appreciate your perspective and opinion, Dmcker; you can rest assured that all of the content on Snooth is produced with assistance and insight from Greg. Never fear: The lighter pieces are not intended to supplant or replace in-depth features or commentaries.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 4:56 PM


  • Snooth User: vks
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    I agree wtih canda and have to say that some time a small country like Slovenia (where I am from) sees man people being bias when they taste our wines as they don't know what to expect. That's why I allways recommend people to blind tastings to help decide which wine they prefer as well as it can be an interesting way to test yourself regarding the wines.

    annthevet: I do agree that they can have some really bad wines, but it must be said that in Croatia you have some professional winemakers and a lot of part-timers that make it for themselves and to sell to tourists in plastic bottles. It does depend which producer you've tasted.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 5:02 PM


  • Snooth User: masonmc
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    I've got my hand up as someone who finds these things surprising. I also am unclear how you could read the article and feel like it's "equating" the wines of India and China with Europe. It's more of a heads-up to newbies, and, hey, if you're not a newbie, why not go read the other articles and leave this one to the people who enjoy it? You've never heard of a website having various levels of content to appease different sections of an audience?

    Apr 05, 2010 at 5:03 PM


  • I must say, I am a little dissapointed by the comments on Canadian wine. I appreciate that one of the things we have that few other countries produce is icewine, that being said both BC and Ontario are producing wines that win awards on the international stage. Most of the best wines are not seen outside the country due to very small production. There is nothing wrong with Inniskillin or Jackson-Triggs but they are the equivalent of Wolf Blass or Mondavi. Please come to Canada and see what our vineyards are really capable of!

    Apr 05, 2010 at 5:09 PM


  • Snooth User: hugh27
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    Why is it the focus on Canada is always Icewine- try the German Icewine - In Ontario the best are Riesling, Gewurz and Cab Franc- the other varieties tend to be hit and miss but those three are consistant - Try Calamus in Niagara and ViewPointe on Lake Erie North Shore
    For other places the Wines from Lebanon can march Bordeaux and the Rhone for quality and at half the price- same grape varietals too- Heritage is the name to look for there- also try Moldova or Georgia- After all Georgia is where the first wines were made over 6000 years ago and in 3000 BC the Duke of Syrah went from Georgia to France with Vines- nuff said
    Hugh

    Apr 05, 2010 at 5:26 PM


  • Snooth User: jdm1307
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    to hugh27: the duke of syrah??? hummm maybe the chevalier de sterimberg... but this story, even nice is UNTRUE. DNA research from UC DAVIS highlight that syrah y a creation and a blend of mondeuse blanche and dureza. sorry for the nice story.
    wines from croatia and slovenia are nice. like in all country you find rubbish and you find jewels.
    france and italy have A LOT of rubbish. India produces great wines but some religious matters brake a bit the production. Mexico is THE country to follow! i also agree that okanagan wines are great, i remember a mission hill pinot noir simply mind-boggling, perhaps a bit expensive.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 6:03 PM


  • Snooth User: Philip James
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    DM - ouch. Don't forget we write this content for over 1 million people each month. Not all our users have as much experience as you do.

    Greg's still here and will write the deeper pieces, but we follow the analytics. Carly's articles have proved very popular, so there will be more of them.

    Philip

    Apr 05, 2010 at 6:04 PM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Canda, I've done such tastings many times. Have you? And I stand by my statements.

    Carly and Philip, I appreciate your viewpoints, but still hope for better...

    Apr 05, 2010 at 6:33 PM


  • go IDAHO!!!

    Apr 05, 2010 at 7:55 PM


  • Snooth User: BVWineS
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    Idaho? And you did not mentioned Michigan with their 65 wineries? Do you know that some of Northern Michigan Rieslings get way better reviews among professionals than German or Alsatian? .
    Also, the best selection wines from Croatia and Macedonia I've seen in Corrado's Market - Clifton, NJ, if somebody want to try some.

    Cheers,

    @RueDeVin

    Apr 05, 2010 at 8:36 PM


  • Snooth User: hugh27
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    I stand by my story- and try and tell the origins to a Georgian- The Syrah has many manifestations and clones- not even the Rhone varieties are the same- yes the Southern Rhone Syrah is as Davis indicated but the one in the North is closer to the Saperavi- story was not based on Folk legend but from a Museum and historical site in Georgia

    Apr 05, 2010 at 8:36 PM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Dude, did they have 'Dukes' 3,000 years ago?? ;-) And any sources confirm that story, other than what a 'museum' funded by whomever for whatever purposes says, in Georgia, about Georgian history from the age of myth? Did he stop in Troy on the way over? Would've done firesale business providing wine to the thirsty Greek and Trojan warriors there...

    Apr 05, 2010 at 8:45 PM



  • China wines??? Forget about it. I travelled to China recently and bought the local red wine there. The quailify of $30 USD local wine was so poor. And it’s a fake wine. My mouth was full of red pigment. I will never want to buy any red wine from China. I would stay with American Red wines. We have the true quality here. I never heard someone would sell the fake wines in USA. But you most likely will have a good chance to buy the fake wine from China.

    Apr 05, 2010 at 9:03 PM


  • Michigan, Michigan, Michigan. You want surprising and truly reflective of place, then try northern Michigan. Great Rieslings, Pinot Noirs and a host of others that are honest, elegant, yet intensely aromatic and flavorful, full of verve and vibrancy. I call that exciting drinking!

    Apr 05, 2010 at 9:16 PM


  • Snooth User: BVWineS
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    @hugh27, @dmcker About Georgian and Moldavian wines most of the time it is better to get them in the winery, unfortunately in US not many true Georgian wines. Some of the best Georgian brands are Tamada & Teliani Valley currently in US http://www.wineanorak.com/georgianw... http://www.telianivalley.com/. The rest I'd not bother if under $15. With Moldavian wines even worst situation. In US market there are some simple ones, however Moldova probably is the most serious wine research institution for the entire Eastern Europe. The wine worth to try usually $30 and up.
    Canadian Icewine - to me it's the problem with distribution. I know Canada has some other great wines beside branded Icewine, but never can find any in US stores. Store owners prefer "Wall-Mart / discount" selection over some unknown great value, boutique producers.

    Great topic Carly, however, Croatia, is not surprising, but very old with high reputation wine making region. Also, some well known grapes are originally from Croatia.

    @RueDeVin

    Apr 05, 2010 at 9:41 PM


  • If you love the lead in the toys from China, you will love their wines. China has a reputation of not being honest so forget what wines that China produces. Remember the fiascos with the dog food, toys, sheetrock, etc. Why should anyone trust China?

    Apr 05, 2010 at 10:26 PM


  • Snooth User: zufrieden
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    Amazing how such a interest tweaker could evoke such a disputatious outpouring! That tells me we may need some markers directing the audiences to the right places.

    For example, if we can direct site members to articles better suited to their interests and level of expertise, we might be able to focus the subsequent discussion on more mutually profitable topics.

    Reading the above, we have comments related to (a) over-generalizing (something pretty much guaranteed by the nature and purpose of the article) (b) disputes over fact, (c) superficiality (again, pretty much assured by the aims of the article) and (d) the choice of regions.

    The fact that we discuss Saperavi and not Rkatsiteli, Idaho but not Michigan, Ontario but not BC, and China but not Moldova seems to reflect a need for more diversity and depth.

    This is not a criticism of the article per se since a light, breezy introduction cannot satisfy all these multifaceted desires for information.

    Perhaps articles grouped into (for example) introductory, intermediate and advanced categories might help shape the discussion more profitably. Any region could be placed in any of the three levels, but the depth of discussion would be very different according to category.

    I only write this as I was astounded at the diversity of the comments and the pent-up frustration for material appropriate to each category of site member.

    None of this necessarily reflects my own opinion; I'm just trying to read between the lines...

    Cheers!

    Apr 05, 2010 at 10:53 PM


  • Snooth User: paprico
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    have you ever tried mexican wine, you'll be surprised, wines made in "Casa de Piedra" like vino de piedra, or ensamble ", or from "roganto", tinta de la baja.

    Try mexican wine and tell us about it

    salud

    Apr 06, 2010 at 12:04 AM


  • Thank you Carly for mentioning Croatia and its wines. While Croatia has centuries of wine-making traditions and a culture deeply rooted in the consumption of wine, as a modern winemaking country it is relatively unknown (for now) but is definitely firmly among the many new & exciting "emerging" regions. In fact Croatian wines won 27 medals at the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards, including 8 gold medals. Recently DNA profiling has proven that a grape that many love - Zinfandel - originated in Croatia. However, for much of the 20th Century, winemaking in Croatian suffered from wars, regime change and the effects of communism (during its time as a republic in former Yugoslavia). The good news is that in the last 10 years, a younger generation of Croatian winemakers has been working hard to rediscover the potential of their ancient vineyards and interesting array of indigenous grapes. Quality is on the rise, and the untapped potential is truly exciting. Croatia is a country to watch, for sure, and is a great source of unique and off-the-beaten path wines for the curious consumer. If you would like more information, please check out the following links. Cheers!
    http://www.winesofcroatia.com
    http://www.Facebook.com/winesofcroatia
    http://www.Twitter.com/winesofcroatia
    http://www.winesofcroatia.wordpress.com

    Apr 06, 2010 at 12:26 AM


  • Snooth User: mxsichael
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    I have been living in china a couple of years in China and I would say that Crace wineyard http://www.grace-vineyard.com/en/in... is doing a good job putting forward some descent wines.

    Apr 06, 2010 at 1:20 AM


  • Agree with Mxsichael, Grace vineyard is doing a very good job, you can try 'deep blue'.
    http://www.grace-vineyard.com/en/th...

    Apr 06, 2010 at 1:33 AM


  • I am surprised of the lots of reactions. We must know now that all over the world there are amazing wines to discover. We hope to have more on details in the next period by Snooth.
    ... I am in know on snooth!!!

    Apr 06, 2010 at 5:39 AM


  • Snooth User: hugh27
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    I read with great interest and pleasure the many comments above- No matter what we believe, be it historical fact, Urban (rural) legend or just an opinion if it makes us think about something other than Cab. or Chard it serves a purpose, and a true oenophile will seek out the treasures hidden in the responses above- we are all slaves to our own preferences but this type of communication helps us all find new treasures from unknown or lesser regions- if it a good wine and worth drinking then we are all winners- and yes the Museum in Georgia was in a small town in the shadows of the Caucusus Mountains and reputedly the home of the "Duke"- not sponsored but a matter of pride to the locals
    Cheers!

    Apr 06, 2010 at 9:05 AM


  • Snooth User: hugh27
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    I read with great interest and pleasure the many comments above- No matter what we believe, be it historical fact, Urban (rural) legend or just an opinion if it makes us think about something other than Cab. or Chard it serves a purpose, and a true oenophile will seek out the treasures hidden in the responses above- we are all slaves to our own preferences but this type of communication helps us all find new treasures from unknown or lesser regions- if it a good wine and worth drinking then we are all winners- and yes the Museum in Georgia was in a small town in the shadows of the Caucusus Mountains and reputedly the home of the "Duke"- not sponsored but a matter of pride to the locals
    Cheers!

    Apr 06, 2010 at 9:06 AM


  • Snooth User: cigarman168
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    It is better to go in depth to discuss the wines for specific country or region. And it will comes up endless combination of different countries in the world under this topics. A little bit lost focus.

    Apr 06, 2010 at 10:02 AM


  • Its not the country that matters but the taste of the wine and if you like it, remember it. I loved LACetto Petite Syrah from Mexico at one time in my life, and Naoussa from Morocco another time. Then the store stopped selling them. But Id buy them again. I have had Slovenian wine courtesy of a national trade delegation; the whites were rich and a bit like those from Friuli in Italy, the red was like a Bordeaux. Here in England there has been an outstanding Champagne type wine called Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs produced in Sussex

    Apr 06, 2010 at 11:58 AM


  • Snooth User: andyboza
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    The fertile valleys in Peru have all the natural conditions to become a promising wine country. Tabernero Vineyards and Wineries is one of the leading producers. I tasted a nice bottle of their Gran Tinto Fina Reserva Malbec-Merlot blend some years ago.

    Apr 06, 2010 at 1:01 PM


  • Snooth User: robb1
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    In 2008 I attended the London Wine Trade Fair and spent 3 days tasting my way around the world of wine, avoiding the more well know producing countries in favour of Romania,Slovinia,Greece and Turkey.
    I was not interested in their take on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir but rather their indiginous varieties.
    There were some flat broard and oxidised wines (like you can find from France or Italy) but there were some truly wonderful wines.
    Some of the more interesting were :-
    From Turkey

    Narince (pronounced naringa or narincha)
    Grown on sandy gravel soils around Tokat in the northern Anatolian Plateau.
    At about 900mt. the climate is cold in winter (but not as cold as the Anatolian Mountains where winter temps get to -25C) but is hot in summer. The berries are large with reasonably thick skins so can not easily be susceptible to disease.
    This was one of the most interesting varieties tasted over the 3 days It is similar to Verdelho or Muscadelle in stucture and flavour.
    from Romania
    Cramposie Selectiontau
    This is an interesting White variety with apple pear drop flavours, good length minerality, juicey and good length. A variety to look at more closely.
    And from Greece
    Moschofilero
    A grey skin variety.
    Probably one of the most interesting varieties seen.
    Very fragrant, soft good acid .A variety that tastes different and has quality a style of it own.

    I have not listed the producers as they may not be available where you are but they are worth searching out for the adventure.
    Thanks for the article Carly it has brought back fond memories.

    Apr 06, 2010 at 11:02 PM


  • Snooth User: saslove
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    what about israel?
    it makes some of the most amazing cabernets sauvignon in the world

    Apr 07, 2010 at 2:07 AM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    It's quite obvious from this response that you should pay more attention to other parts of Europe and the Mediterranean world. After all, the entire region's been making the best wine in the world for thousands of years.

    Forget China and India for the moment. They have a LOOOONG ways to go, regardless of whether you want their market attention as buyers. Focus, again, on the good wines. In detail, and intelligently, not flippantly. What may seem a cool angle can actually just be shallow and foolish.

    And don't forget about all that wine in North and South America, the Antipodes and South Africa that is very good and regarding which you've not even scratched the surface. Maybe it will take an extra few hours or days of thought and research, but in the long run Snooth and its readers (and the wineries) will be a lot better off for it....

    Cheers

    Apr 07, 2010 at 2:53 AM


  • Snooth User: Heribertg
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    Another wine area is Thailand with wines which have in the meantime won an accolade of international awards. Being grown at an unusual part of the world the wines are called new "Latitude wines" - the biggest problem for the members of the Thai Wine Association is the high taxation levied by the government - cheers from the land of smiles - Heribert Gaksch

    Apr 07, 2010 at 3:50 AM


  • A few remarks. Somebody mentions the Romanian wines. I found them pretty awful — though, admittedly, my visit there was long ago in the roaring days of Mr and Madame Ceausescu. Apparently, the better ones used to be produced in Moldavia — which was part of Romania after World War I until the Russians bagged it at the end of World War II, and it later became independent Moldova.
    The Croatian wines I have found charmless and pallid — 'wersh' is the old Scottish word, used by George Saintsbury in 'Notes on a Cellar Book' (a propos of sparkling Asti, which doesn't appear to have improved much in the last 80 years). The Slovenian ones are somewhat better. Most of all these are whites, and to produce a quite good white wine seems to require considerably more expertise than to produce a not bad red one.
    Somebody else deprecates the Hungarian wines. I can't agree. Just keep trying and you'll find some good ones. Many of the Hungarian reds can be rather a sock on the jaw and not much else — but there again (and if you avoid the over-sung Bull's Blood) there are some very drinkable ones.
    I raise a glass to fellow wine-lovers. Keep taking the precious liquid! In the right quantities, it's good for you.

    Apr 07, 2010 at 6:57 AM


  • Snooth User: lbaykal
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    One of the up and coming wine regions has to be Turkiye (Not Turkey for Gods sake). Anatolia has been one of the oldest wine production centers in history and the local grape varieties are many. There has been a major improvement in cultivation and winemaking technology and the results are delicious. The local grapes of Okuzgozu,Bogazkere,Kalecikkarası,Karalahna,Misket,
    Papazkarası,Emir,Narince,Cavus,Vasilaki yield excelent varietals and blends with locally produced Cabs, Pinot Noirs,Merlots,Shiraz,Cinsaults,Cab Blancs,Shardonnays and Semillons.
    Try the Corvus Brand reds of 2006 vintage. The Cabarnet Sauvignon-Karalahna blend 2006 is excellent. Some of other trustworthy Turkish brands are Kavaklıdere, Doluca, Sevilen, Kayra etc.
    Recently 10 Masters of Wine have done a tasting on Turkish wine and the comments have been wonderful. I am sure that we will be hearing more on Turkish wine in the near future.

    Apr 07, 2010 at 6:59 AM


  • My wife and I make world class wines here in the Snake River Valley of Idaho. Thanks for mentioning our small but beautiful region! Our winery is just 5 minutes from downtown Boise.

    The label is called Cinder. Named after the volcanic soils that are beneath many of the vineyards we work with.

    Check us out at http://www.cinderwines.com

    Trust me on this...the Snake River Valley AVA can produce world class wines....so come visit us!

    My favorites...Viognier, Syrah and......Tempranillo.

    Cheers!

    -Joe

    Apr 07, 2010 at 9:45 PM


  • Snooth User: ViveBene
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    Great info. I hope someone comes up with a way to certify that the wines are made as they are being advertised. Just do not want to be drinking wine that is unhealthy due to the way it is processed or the way it is grown. Hard enough to monitor this within our own borders. Those wanting to sell wine globally should be willing to allow acess to their winemaking. imagine the pairing possibilities as we drink wine from around the globe. Who knows maybe we may come upwith an Indian Paradox where eating curry and drinking red wine will lower cholesterol and soften our skin...I can dream can't I

    Apr 09, 2010 at 10:07 AM


  • Snooth User: Heribertg
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    ViveBene - I have seen your comment regarding the Indian Paradox - meaning eating Curry and drinking red wine - you will be surprized here at our restaurant at PB Valley / Khao Yai Winery (Thailand) http://www.khaoyaiwinery.com we do match Thai food and the wines produced here in our vineyards - using all natural ingredients for the curry you will have certain health benefits and again yes for matching it with a PB Khao Yai Reserve Shiraz or if you prefer a Rose then you have a winning combination. Cheers

    Apr 17, 2010 at 5:47 AM


  • Uruguay should most certainly be added to this list. There are stunning wines coming from the Canelones region. Uruguay, with their flagship varietal Tannat, has been receiving a growing recognition in the world wine market and is poised to be one of the next up and coming great wine-producing countries. Check out their wines if you can find them!

    Jun 16, 2010 at 6:42 PM


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