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Weird Wines You'll Want to Try

Weird Wines You'll Want to Try

Wines that Go Outside the Norm

Hey there! Do you want to come with us on a fun little wine adventure? We’re in the mood to experience something a tad different, maybe even uncommon, if you will. We all love our staple Cabernet Sauvignons and Rosés, but every now and then, we think it’s fun to dip our toes outside of the ordinary. Sometimes, it’s fun to explore those grapes that you don’t hear about every day – the ones that will even impress that fancy wine aunt in your life!

Weird Wines to Try

Uncommon wines are so much fun to explore, and we can’t keep this excitement to ourselves. So join us, won’t you? We’re going to take a look at wines for those who have already tried everything else and are ready to expand their pallet. Or, maybe you’re a little uncommon yourself, and we think that’s pretty cool too. Either way, there are a variety of wines out there for us to talk about, so let’s discover a few of them now!

Uncommon Wines 

It would be nearly impossible to list every single uncommon wine out there in the world, so we’ve selected seven of our favorites to give shout-outs to.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

For those that enjoy the rich, bold depth of a California Cab, you’ll probably also enjoy the full-bodied smokiness of a classic Bordeaux. This wine, although not widely known in the US, is a classic French wine that has been produced in France for several thousand years. This is an excellent choice for red lovers who want to add some extra “oomph” to their wine collection. It is one of the most famous blends in the world and is often a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – and on some occasions, Cab Franc.

Tempranillo

Tempranillo

Tempranillo means “little early one” in Spanish, and is a varietal from Spain that has quite a unique flavor profile. Depending on the amount of time that it’s been aged, this Spanish beauty can draw notes of cherry and tomato or plum and leather. It is the third most popularly grown grape in the world, so it’s safe to say that you can’t go wrong when choosing a quality bottle of this fine Spanish wine. 

Lambrusco

Lambrusco

A glass of something bubbly and refreshing is ideal for any celebration – even if that celebration is making it through the work day. Take that celebration to another fun level with Italy’s sparkling red wine, Lambrusco! While we all love a nice Champagne or Prosecco, Lambrusco has that added intrigue of being red and sparkly with an interesting and delicious layer of flavors that its white counterparts don’t have. 

Barbera

Barbera

Say hello to your new favorite easy-drinking wine, Barbera. This medium-bodied wine encompasses what people love about light and heavier red wines, as it offers the lovely, fruity aromas of a lighter wine with a more substantial structure. This is that perfect middle ground for all of your friends with different tastes in wine! Enjoy it with a brick oven pizza for a wine pairing made in foodie heaven.

  

Coteaux Bourguignons

Coteaux Bourguignons

Grown in the Burgundy region of France, Coteaux Bourguignons is an incredible wine with an appealing, light red color and a lovely full flavor. It draws on notes of fresh herbs and juicy, ripe blueberries. When wine comes from one of the oldest, most well-renowned, wine-producing regions in the world, you know that it’s worth a try! Our Coteaux Bourguignons is a combination of Pinot Noir and Gamay, you won't want to miss it. 

Viognier

Viognier

White wine lovers, rejoice! This one is for you. This full-bodied white hails from southern France and offers a lovely range of aromas including tangerine, mango, honeysuckle, and rose. If you are a fan of Chardonnay, Voignier should definitely be on your radar. It pairs beautifully with rich, buttery foods and aromatic cheeses. Remember Viognier for your holiday dinners, yum!

Vermentino

Vermentino

Vermentino is a refreshing white wine that is grown exclusively along the coast of Italy on the island of Sardinia. Don't be fooled by its crisp nature, as this wine has a lovely complexity that is similar to a Sauvignon Blanc. With flavors of green apple and grapefruit, Vermentino pairs incredibly well with lighter dishes including proteins such as chicken and white fish. 

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a step out of your wine comfort zone and discover a varietal that’s a little uncommon. We’re delighted that you came on this adventure with us today! So, get out there and start discovering – and don’t be afraid to be a little uncommon!

Rosé of Sangiovese

Andiamo

Sangiovese can be found in both the Chianti and Montalcino regions of Tuscany (it all sounds so romantic, right?) and is known for producing classic medium-bodied wines. Rosé wine is actually made from red grapes, and this is where the Rosé of Sangiovese comes to play. Crisp, fruit-forward, and easy-to-drink, it's everything you want in your bottle of Rosé and more.

$19.99

Montepulciano

Andiamo

Big, bold, and full of flavor—exactly what you’d expect an Italian wine to be! This classic Italian grape produces some of Italy’s most straightforward red wines and is often used as a blending grape. Not here, though. We let Montepulciano do the heavy lifting as a heavy red wine and shine on its own. If you enjoy the smell of leather bound books, nibbling on dried fruit, and complementary notes of bitter, dark chocolate and sweet plums, you will love this Italian wine. No need to pair it with any certain dish—Montepulciano tastes great with all the Italian classics.

$20.99

Pinot Grigio

La Pluma

If you’re looking for more zest in your life, a bottle of Pinot Grigio can provide that. We included a classic Pinot Grigio in the La Pluma collection because we’re all about light and easy here, which is exactly what this grape from Italy is. It has that dry sense of humor that seems so effortless with a punchy acidity to keep you on your toes, all while offering notes of lemon, limes, green apples, and honeysuckle. Long story short; when it’s been a heavy day and your soul is seeking light things only, you’ll be happy to have this bottle on hand.

$19.99

Pinot Noir

Unprecedented

We couldn’t create the In Good Taste Unprecedented collection without the Golden Retriever of wines: Pinot Noir. Pinot is likable, it’s easy, and its natural state of being is simply charming. It’s an incredibly easy red wine to love, which is why so many people do. The grape itself is from the Burgundy region of France, but has made its way to California, Oregon, Australia, Italy, Argentina, and Germany since. Our Pinot Noir has no surprise twists—it’s a classic light red with just the right amount of sweetness to keep you coming back for another glass (or two).

$25.99

Coteaux Bourguignons

Passport

The Burgundy region of France is home to their best Pinot Noirs, but we took the grapes into our own hands to create something extra special with our Coteaux Bourguignons. It’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, which results in a French red that’s light in body but full in flavor. The ripest blueberries and freshest herbs can be easily detected in this French burgundy blend. May we suggest pairing it with some creamy brie and freshly baked bread? It’s a oui-ning combo.

$25.99

Verdicchio

Andiamo

A little sweet. A little tart. A little salty? You truly get it all with this white Italian wine. If you're into that biting acidity, Verdicchio will probably be high on your list of most-loved wines from our Andiamo collection. Citrus fruits like mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit are at the forefront, but what really sets this Italian wine apart is its distinct notes of almond. While our Verdicchio can start out tasting a bit tart, the more you sip, the smoother it becomes. In fact, we suggest approaching it as an aperitif (Italian for an alcoholic drink sipped before a meal to stimulate the appetite) to experience its full effect.

$23.99

Côtes du Rhône White

Passport

This was one of our first French wines to join the Passport collection and one sip will explain why. Some background on the Rhône Valley in France: While this region is known for its dark, juicy reds, a very small amount of special white wines are made in the Rhône Valley. Our Côtes du Rhône is packed with French-perfected, floral flavor and Old-World charm. Its natural tang paired with the weighty Marsanne grape and aromatic Roussanne grape results in a crisp, savory sip that’ll transport you to a sunbathing chair by the Rhône itself.

$23.99

Bordeaux Rouge

Passport

When you picture medieval folk sitting around a feast with goblets of wine, chances are they were drinking Bordeaux. This wine has been made in France since forever and is arguably the most classic French wine out there. Bordeaux is known for its full body, smoky notes, and rich, oaky taste. If you love cabs, chances are you will adore Bordeaux. For our Passport wines, we had to include this classic French red for you to sip and enjoy to your heart’s content. Best savored over a rich meal like lamb ragu, ratatouille, or BBQ.

$21.99

Ventoux Rosé

Passport

You probably know that the Tour de France is held on Ventoux Mountain in France, but did you know that the same area is known for its high-altitude rosé? This is the kind of quintessential French rosé that you don’t need to spin your wheels over—it’s simply delicious, crisp, and perfect for warm weather. Despite its delicate, pale pink color, each sip is lush with flavor, from tropical passionfruit and zesty citrus to refreshing melon. This has the potential to be your new summer go-to, so we’d suggest stocking up.

$21.99

Grenache

La Pluma

We knew the only red in the La Pluma collection had to be exceptionally good and exceptionally light. That’s why including a Grenache was a no-brainer. If smooth, fruit-forward, light-bodied reds appeal to your tastebuds, this could be your new favorite. The grape itself is tricky; depending on the climate of where its grown, Grenache wines could be light, dense, or somewhere in the middle. La Pluma’s version has all the airiness and flavor notes we wanted in our Grenache, which is how we know you’ll love it. Get the most of this red by pairing it with roasted meats, spice-heavy vegetables, and Mexican-inspired dishes with lots of cumin.

$27.99

Barbera

Andiamo

We really try not to play favorites at In Good Taste, but there is just something about an Italian Barbera that hits different in the best way. Barberas are the perfect wine for pizza night; they're low in alcohol, and medium-bodied but taste super light, and their berry and plum flavors pair incredibly well with savory tomato sauce and cheese! Another fun thing about Barberas? They actually taste great when chilled, which is not something we're in the habit of suggesting for our red wines. Our Italian Barbera lies somewhere between the body of a cab and a pinot and is the ideal choice for a "ladies who lunch" kind of afternoon.

$21.99

Vermentino

Wild Child

We couldn't not have a weird white in the mix, right?! The Vermentino grape is native along the coast of Italy on the island of Sardinia (yeah, like the fish). Because of its origin, this grape offers a salty, crisp flavor that's incredibly easy to drink and enjoy. We say it's "weird" only because it's not widely known by name, but chances are you've probably had it before if you've ever ordered white wine in an Italian restaurant. If you love peaches and lemons and get a kick out of anything that reminds you of the sea, our Vermentino is the perfect Italian white to experience on a sunny day outside.

$23.99

Viognier

Unprecedented

For the Chardonnay lovers who are looking to dig a bit deeper in the world of bold whites, a Viognier (pronounced vee-own-yay) could be your next big adventure. Viogniers tend to have more range; while they can be creamy with hints of vanilla like their Chardonnay counterpart, they also offer lighter, fruitier flavors like tangerine, mango, and honeysuckle. It’s still a more full-bodied white wine, but unlike Chardonnay, it’s softer on acidity and more perfumed. Spend an afternoon with a glass of Viognier amongst the flowers and it’ll all make sense.

$24.99

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