T+L’s resident expert Bruce Schoenfeld identifies four emerging destinations—and the best bottles in each.
Riesling zealots are transforming the once-indistinct wines of the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas into some of America’s crispest whites.
T+L Pick: Left Foot Charley 2013 The Missing Spire Riesling is semisweet with enough spine to pair with Thai and Vietnamese dishes.
Where to Sip: The waterfront Boathouse Restaurant, in Traverse City, has a wide selection of wines from the state.
Local producers are creating bold wines from international varieties (Merlot, Syrah) as well as indigenous grapes such as Fetească Neagră.
T+L Pick: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and regional grapes, the Purcari 2008 Negru de Purcari could pass as an exotic, pricey Napa red, with notes of anise and raspberry jam.
Where to Sip: Carpe Diem, a well-stocked shop and tasting room in the capital, Chişinău.
A hour and a world away from South Africa’s manicured Cape Winelands, entrepreneurs are growing old-vine Chenin Blanc, Syrah, and Cinsault.
T+L Pick: Sadie Family 2012 Old Vines Series Pofadder Cinsault looks like a rosé, tastes like tart cherries, and has the full-bodied punch of a great Syrah.
Where to Sip: On the shaded terrace of Bar Bar Black Sheep, a wine clubhouse and restaurant in the 17th-century town of Riebeek-Kasteel.
Fruity Pinot Noirs and full-throttle Rieslings are replacing sparkling wines as the Australian island’s most exciting exports.
T+L Pick: There’s a lingering, Burgundy-like finish to the plum-colored, cherry-scented Freycinet Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir.
Where to Sip: Ethos Eat Drink (pictured), one of Hobart’s most creative kitchens, has a relaxed wine and cocktail bar downstairs.
Bruce Schoenfeld is T+L’s wine and spirits editor.