It’s so easy to get into a wine rut. Having a go-to wine ensures that you’ll be happy with your glass every time and that you don’t end up emptying your wallet on a bottle you regret taking a chance on. But there are so many different varietals out there, and simply saying yes to your favorite Cabernet every single time prevents you from finding something worthy of being your new number one. It’s time to be a little adventurous and change up your wine routine!
Whites: If you’re a fan of Pinot Grigio, try an Albariño instead. This wine boasts a soft texture, solid acidity, and a light citrusy taste. Usually lean more toward a Sauvignon Blanc? The underlying flavors of melon and lychee in Torrontes would be appealing to you. A Viognier like the Prisoner Blindfold blend has the same voluptuous texture as Chardonnay, but with less oak. Viogniers are creamy with stronger floral hints and less butter. If your go-to is Riesling, Vouvray is typically just as sweet but has bigger body and a lot more marzipan flavor. We’d recommend Champalou because of its complexity and richness.
Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular wines, but Malbecs (we like Baudron) and Riojas are just as elegant. If you like the light body and silky tannins of Pinot Noir, grab a bottle of Beaujolais like Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau that’s just as tasty and a lot cheaper. And finally, Merlot lovers would do well with trying a Grenache because of the ripe red fruits and plush texture. Prefer something a little less spicy? Grab a Nebbiolo that’s similar to Merlot in plum notes and velvetiness.
Whatever your go-to is, take a chance on something new and revitalize your palate! Let Church Street Wine Shoppe help you change up your routine and find your new favorite!