A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks (Grenache) and demi-muids (Syrah), the 2015 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non).
Riesling, often seen as the wine connoisseur's white, is a rather amazing variety that can range from sweet to dry, from simple to complex and from young to age-worthy. It offers a fascinating (and delicious) look into just how different the same variety can be expressed in different areas with different winemaking techniques.
Albariño is a white grape grown predominantly in northwest Spain and Portugal, where it is also known as Alvarinho. It typically produces lightly colored but aromatic and high acid full-bodied wines that often exhibit ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors.
It’s the same story from Spain to southern Burgundy to California’s Anderson Valley—better educated, more savvy winemakers are turning out better white wine all the time. Here are twenty of my current favorites: some aperitif wines, some eminently food-friendly, all delicious.
Jo Landron Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil 2013, $17.99. Muscadet is perennially one of wine’s great values. The region, near the mouth of the Loire River on the Atlantic, offers fascinating terroirs and excellent producers, yet attracts little attention — hence low prices.
Whether you're sipping refreshing pinot grigio or a snappy, ctirusy sauvignon blanc, a glass of crisp white wine is the perfect transitional beverage for virtually any season. From riesling to chenin blanc, we've rounded up 20 white wines that are delicious year-round. Oh yeah — and they're all $20 or under. Better stock up for springtime.
Sipping this wine is like licking wet, sun-blasted volcanic rock, or what I imagine it would taste like, not having tried it myself. Wild Horse Viognier 2014. Central Coast, California, $17 . Unlike too many California versions of this newly “discovered” varietal, this wine is not overwhelmingly floral, and boasts a welcoming freshness.
Grüner Veltliner is a dry white wine that grows almost only in Austria. With flavors of green pepper and lime, Grüner Veltliner is an exotic alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. The name translates to “Green Wine of Veltlin”. Veltlin was an area in the lower Alps during the 1600’s that is now part of Valtellina, Italy.