Unusual grape varieties, for the adventurous wine-lover | Britt on Forbes

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There is a certain comfort and feel-good aspect to drinking wines that are familiar. On the other hand, there is excitement and the joys of discovery in finding new things. And for us, discovering new things, wines, regions, people, is one of the key elements of the joys of wine and food (and travel).

It is a good thing then that there is a trend, small perhaps, but still a trend, towards lesser-known grape varieties. Wine consumers seem to be curious about other things than the big-and-famous grapes that you can find everywhere; petit verdot, cinsault, mauzac, ruché and many more.

Read Britt’s article on a few of these wines in her latest article on Forbes, Bored With Cabernet And Chardonnay? Look For Something Local And Forgotten!

Earthenware wine tinajas-amphora at de Martino in Chile
Earthenware wine tinajas-amphora at de Martino in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

Here’s the introduction:

Wine consumers love Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Sauvignon Blanc. Or don’t they? There is a lot of talk nowadays about grapes that are forgotten, local, unusual, indigenous, you name it. Suddenly wine geeks are looking for grapes they have never heard of. Why? Are these grapes better? Are the globe trotter grapes I just mentioned getting boring? They certainly don’t have to be. Just open a bottle of Chablis and you will find that Chardonnay is not dull at all.

But I agree, the unknown is adventurous and exciting. I just had a Languedoc wine from Southern France made from the Cinsault grape. It was a delicate, elegant wine, very drinkable and enjoyable and I just wish there were more like it. Cinsault is neither forgotten nor really unknown but it is not very much used as a dominant grape for a red wine.

Read Britt’s full article on BKWine on Forbes.

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Petit Verdot at Montgras in Chile
Petit Verdot at Montgras in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography
Les Vignes Oubliées by Jean-Baptiste Granier in the Languedoc
Les Vignes Oubliées by Jean-Baptiste Granier in the Languedoc, copyright BKWine Photography
Domaine du Moulin Blanc Sec Vieilles Vignes from Gaillac
Domaine du Moulin Blanc Sec Vieilles Vignes from Gaillac, copyright BKWine Photography
Petit Verdot tank sample at Bodegas Krontiras in Mendoza
Petit Verdot tank sample at Bodegas Krontiras in Mendoza, Argentina, copyright BKWine Photography
Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, Laccento from Montalbera
Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, Laccento from Montalbera, copyright BKWine Photography
Viejas Tinajas Cinsault from de Martino in Chile
Viejas Tinajas Cinsault from de Martino in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

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