What the Geeks are Drinking

Esoteric wine making mainstream moves


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What the Geeks are Drinking There's a progression in the wine world that leads in a non-linear way from the most mainstream to the most esoteric. There are far too many forks along the way to connect the two but what one can say is that what is one day esoteric may very well be quite mainstream the next, metaphorically speaking.

Take for example Gruner Veltliner, perhaps the most striking example of a grape that moved from the obscure, through the wine geeks and broke  through in a big way on the main stage. While not all geek wines enjoy this kind of success, it's worth paying attention to the geek wines of the moment to see what might be in our collective futures. Obscure wines require a certain devotion and mind set if one is to truly learn about them, and I for one am happy to learn from those friends and peers so disposed. Who knows, I might even throw in a discovery or two of my own here!

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  • My vote would also go to Frappato, specifically the wines of Ariana Occhipinti, but perhaps it is already "passé":) Cheers.

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM


  • Snooth User: topherg3
    921880 75

    My current classic underrated region is Roussillon. I just returned from visiting and tasting old vine carignan and unique white varieties and great aged tawney like sweet wines.

    Aug 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM


  • Snooth User: Tintofino
    204897 1

    Nice write up. But another rising "geek" wine that should not be overlooked is dry Sherry, specifically the crisp pale ones served well-chilled, namely Finos and Manzanillas, but also the more oxidized amber colored ones served un-chilled, the Amontillados, Palo Cortados and Olorosos. Sherry Bars are a growing phenomenon in London, and now there's a new one in DC offering 54 Sherries!

    Aug 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM


  • We've just returned from the French wine region and Beaune and we were surprised to enjoy the Savigny. Let's keep our eyes open!.... Oh, and my glass could use a refill.

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM


  • Snooth User: mugwump718
    1299777 33

    So does this mean that Grenache has jumped the shark?

    Aug 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM


  • So many wines, so little time

    Aug 20, 2013 at 8:57 PM


  • Snooth User: Naglerrj
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    What, no Fermint from Hungary,

    Aug 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM


  • Snooth User: luca chevalier
    Hand of Snooth
    533661 2,535

    ...yes.... Savigny finally...

    Aug 24, 2013 at 6:15 AM


  • Snooth User: SM
    1097030 218

    A good list & sampling of some non-mainstream cultivars and regions; some ideas for us wine geeks to pursue.

    Here are a few of my own to add to this list: Furmint from Hungary, a great white varietal and worthy of seeking out; Blaufrankish a.k.a. Lemberger grown across Germany, Austria, Hungary and now even New York.

    It is a medium-bodied red and if you are fond of blackberries, red cherries & red currants this is a wine to check out.

    Here's a challenge for you: seek out Devin, a Slovakian cross between Roter Veltliner and Gewurztraimner; floral and fruity but dry and quite refreshing. I had a Devin and it was a Decanter Silver 2011; excellent and intriguing to say the least.

    Cheers!

    Solomon Mengeu

    Aug 28, 2013 at 8:57 PM


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