Etty Lewensztain

I'm the owner of Plonk Wine Merchants, an interactive online wine shop that operates the Plonk Wine Club and specializes in top notch, small production, and off-the-beaten-path wines from around the globe for under $30!

6 Fantastic Grapes You've Probably Never Heard Of

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Eszterbauer "Nagyapam" Kadarka (2009)
Comments: If you're a fan of Gamay and Pineau d'Aunis, Kadarka will definitely be your thing! This fantastic wine made from an indigenous Hungarian grape shows gorgeous freshness and purity in the mouth. The palate here is light but intensely flavored with bright notes of red berries, hibiscus tea, and minerals. Click on this link to watch my video review of this wine:
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2 Santa Lucia Castel del Monte Vigna del Melograno (2008)
Comments: Nero di Troia is indigenous to the southern Italian region of Puglia and this biodynamic example is an absolute winner! This standout bottling shows chalky minerality, luscious black plum and black currant fruit, earthy notes of leather, and sinuous tannins that give the wine some nice, firm grip on the finish. A stellar hidden gem that drinks way past its price point! Click on this link to watch my video review of this wine:
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3 Terzolo Teran (2009)
Comments: Teran is an indigenous grape to the Istrian region of Croatia and is a relative of the Italian variety Refosco. This dynamite example is spicy and exotic showing aromatic dried herbs on the nose and vivid mulberry and black raspberry fruit on the palate. This is a meaty, savory wine and one of Croatia's best bottlings! Click here to check out my food pairings suggestions for this wine:
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4 Winzerkeller Andau St. Laurent (2010)
Comments: This inky, savory example of St. Laurent, an Austrian clone of Pinot Noir, is very reminiscent of the Mencia you see in the region of Bierzo in Spain. Displaying mineral notes of iron, tangy blackberry fruit, smoked meat, and exotic spices like anise and clove, this is very clean and lean, with noteworthy focus and precision in the mouth. A very cool wine with a lot of personality and charm. Click here to watch my video review of this wine:
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5 Domaine Cousin-Leduc Grolleau le Cousin Vieilles Vignes (2010)
Comments: Grolleau is an ancient grape variety native to the Loire Valley in France that winemaker Olivier Cousin practically revived from the brink of extinction. This phenomenal example is grown 100% naturally and biodynamically and boasts an incredible nose full of violets and funky barnyard aromas that are utterly captivating. The wine shows nice tannic grip, fresh red berry fruit, chalky minerals, and vibrant acidity. A true hidden gem not to be missed! Check out this link to watch my video review of this wine:
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6 Szoke Matyas Zoltan Kiralyleanyka (2010)
Comments: Don't even attempt to pronounce the name of this native Hungarian grape - just go ahead and take a sip! You'll quickly be rewarded by a firecracker of a wine, brimming with aromatic apricot fruit and high-toned pink grapefruit flavors. This wine just pops in the mouth with its bracing acidity and its clean and crisp texture. A real gem from an under-the-radar region. Click here to watch my video review of this wine:
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  • 1042687Craig Bilodeau Introduced this to a friend who thought that all Italian wines tasted like Chianti. After the two of us polished off the bottle, he asked that I contact "my source" and order him as many bottles as I could get a hold of! :)

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