8 wines that’ll make you want to swap from your favourites

Partial to a Pinot or crazy for a Cabernet? Live a little and try something different with these alternative tipples.

If you’re the sort of person who sticks to what you know, then this is for you.

When it comes to wine, it’s time to experiment and try something outside the box (or in this case, the bottle).

Joe Fattorini from The Wine Show has listed the on-trend wines that could see you parting ways with your current favourite.

White wines

If you like Pinot Grigio, try Picpoul de Pinet

Picpoul is a fresh, fruity grape from Southern France with a ripe, juicy flavour and just a squeeze of citrus to make the perfect seafood wine.

If your go-to is normally a Pinot Grigio, you won’t regret making the switch to this.

If you like Sauvignon Blanc, try Calvet Fleur Baron

A Sauvignon Blanc is a firm favourite for many at the moment, but to switch to something more interesting, then this white from Bordeaux is the ideal, refreshing choice.

Joe commented: “The area is better known for its reds, but their whites are delicious, complex and smoky. This is one of my favourites.”

If you like Sauternes, try Vinsanto

Volcanic wines are very on-trend in 2017, and one of these worth making the switch to for fans of white wine is Vinsanto. From the Santorini region of Greece, it’s a delicious sweet wine. The distinct and funky flavour influenced by the ash and pumice from volcanic eruptions from years ago.

Joe commented: “A sweet wine aged for anything between four and 40 years in barrels making an unctuous, complex, multi-layered wine.”

If you like Soave, try Dorona

Dorona, a medieval grape, is produced within the ancient walled monastery of Venissa near Venice in Italy, and is uniquely labelled with a single gold leaf. Give this a try if you fancy an earthier, more complex Soave.

Your new favourite white wine might have to be an occasional treat more than an outright switch, as this specialist choice is made in much smaller quantities.

If you like Chablis, try Godello

The little known Spanish Godello grape should be booming in popularity, with its classy, refreshing taste of delicious ripe fruit. Any Chablis fan should be converted in seconds, and won’t have any need to go back.

Joe commented: “Stop drinking Chablis, as there’s not much to go around from the last couple of vintages and look to Northern Spain. Albarino was the variety that got everyone excited for a few years – a vibrant, seafood-loving white with a mineral tang. It’s now been joined by Godello, similarly lightly aromatic and with a perfume of white flowers.”

Red wine

Swap Pinot Noir for Frappato

Another on-trend volcanic wine and a must switch for fans of Pinot Noir -or just someone looking to impress people with their wine choices. A great wine, look out for Frappato from the Mount Etna region in Italy. It’s a versatile, medium bodied style that is best served slightly chilled with light meals such as salads and grills.

Joe commented: “Like a warm-climate Pinot Noir, with delicious strawberry fruit and a versatile, medium-bodied style. Best of all, its light enough that you can serve it slightly chilled with salads and light grills.”

Swap Cabernet Franc for Mencia

For a fruity and bright red that you may not have tried before, Mencia from Northern Spain is a great alternative to Cabernet Franc.
Joe commented: “Spain as a whole is a really exciting wine region this year, so make sure you try at least one this year to stay ahead of the wine-curve. 

“If you love fruity and bright reds, then you must dig out Mencia. All wine lovers should be looking to Spain as it’s a wine lover’s paradise at the moment”.

Swap Shiraz or Chateauneuf du Pape for Grenache

2017 has already seen a big focus on Grenache, and it’s France’s Southern Rhone Valley that is making some of the most exciting ones out there. These juicy and hearty options are perfect for those looking for something with class that are also great value.

Joe commented:“This is the incoming age of Grenache. Wineries in the Southern Rhone Valley are making Grenache-dominant reds with class, panache and yet still good value”.

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