The world of wine extends far beyond Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
Hop out of your wine rut by going global--and we don't just mean to Europe and Australia. Challenge yourself to try a bottle from a lesser-known wine region (like Slovenia) that you might be surprised to learn excels in the fine art of wine-making.
Here, a quick guide to kick-start your new oenological adventure:
- If you normally reach for a punchy Oregon Pinot Noir with your steak, instead taste an oak-barrel-aged Chilean Pinot Noir. Often overshadowed by Argentina, its neighbor to the East, Chile's viticultural world has come into its own and is worth exploring.
- If you're a fan of California Chardonnay, give another North American favorite a try: Wines from Canada's Niagara Peninsula. Remarkably, this region produces some 70% of the country's wine grapes. The cool weather there makes for both food-friendly Rieslings and dessert-ready ice wines too.
- If your go-to for summer sipping is chilled French rosé, it's time to consider the wines of Slovenia. Situated to the Northwest of Italy, this country is making striking, innovative wines from familiar varietals such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Slovenia is also turning out less familiar bottles, like warm-weather appropriate orange wines--white wines made in the style of red wine.
For more advice on building your perfect wine collection, tweet at George Miliotes (@TheWineExpert), Master Sommelier for The Capital Grille and one of only 186 wine experts in the world to hold that title.