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What are some unusual wines that you enjoy?

Asked by Haleth (19538points) April 26th, 2010

There are some less-known wines out there that have great qualities. One of my favorites is Verdejo from Spain, which is very dry with flavors like citrus fruit, grass, and honeydew melon. Imagine Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, only with more fragrant fruitiness and less zesty greenness. When I discovered this wine, it was like a revelation in a glass. Another favorite is sparkling Shiraz from Australia- it’s so hard to find, but so worth it! It has the sparkly freshness of Champagne, but it’s a red wine with all the tannin and deep flavors of black cherry, chocolate, and tobacco that you’d find in a Shiraz. (It was great with chocolate mousse.)

Have you tried any unusual wines? What was it about this wine that made it so special? Where did you find it, and what did you pair it with?

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mass_pike4's avatar

A great winery I know you would enjoy is located in Pomfret, Connecticut. It is called Sharpe Hill Vineyard. Their Ballet of Angels is an amazing wine if you like a semi-sweet wine white. It has a more fruity flavor, but has received numerous awards throughout the years and is their best seller. They make a good wine as well, almost like a dessert/ice wine called Select Late Harvest. I think you should really look into this place. I accompany these wines with cheese and crackers, typical I know, yet delicious!

Cruiser's avatar

Meade is a wine made out of honey and many myself included call it the nectar of the Gods! Very yummy especially the home brewed kind!

Haleth's avatar

@mass_pike4 That’s awesome! I’ve heard that upstate New York and New England have great dessert wines and ice wines. I don’t actually know too much about dessert wine, but I tried muscat once and loved it. It tasted like honey and grapes, but very fresh… does that make sense?

@Cruiser There’s a pretty amusing passage in American Gods by Neil Gaiman. The main character drinks mead because that’s what heroes are supposed to do before setting out on a quest. He’s pretty grossed out by it but downs three glasses.

cazzie's avatar

New Zealand Pinot Noir. YUM! Oh,,, and I love Mead…. And you mention some wonderful stuff! YUM! I was lucky enough to live in NZ and work with some GREAT wine makers. Trinity Hill is a fav of mine and so is Te Mata Estate and CJ Pask. Full, gutsy reds that take no prisoners.

mass_pike4's avatar

ya that’s accurate. More viscous than regular wine. New England and California have some great wines

jbfletcherfan's avatar

My favorite is Chateau LaSalle. It’s soooo smooth. It’s kind of hard to find, tho. Not every place carries it, so I buy multiple bottles at a time.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Prosecco, a dry, sparkling white.. my favorite drink of all, and my favorite wine. It’s not that unusual in Italy, but in the US, it hasn’t really taken off. I can’t really understand why, though, because we love champagne and to me, prosecco is better. It’s made differently and the result is highly drinkable.

The bonus is that it’s a great buzz, I’ve never gotten wasted or sloppy, just happy and buzzy. :P

Cruiser's avatar

@Haleth I could easily see that especially if the Mead was “young” as it is like sweet turpentine until if ages out then it is dreamy especially the fruit meads! My favorite is blueberry Mead and Prickly Pear Cactus Mead!

njnyjobs's avatar

Vidal Icewine from the Niagara Lake region… great dessert wine – mighty expensive too. I had the opportunity to visit Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99 Estate Winery last month and had a sampling of their Vidal Icewine 2005 ( a Gold Medalist), Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

nebule's avatar

Probably not unusual enough for your request but…Fitou

downtide's avatar

I love Spanish red wines, aside from the more famous Rioja, I also love a Valpolicella, which is light and fruity and delicious.

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