11 Wines To Try If You're Bored with the Same Old Varietals
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11 Wines To Try If You're Bored with the Same Old Varietals

This story originally appeared on Coastalliving.com. 

You've ditched your morning joe for cortados and a Chemex. Your ribeye is dry-aged. Even that pot of legumes is heirloom. So when it comes to the wine aisle, why are you still defaulting to the same bottle of Chard? Go ahead, pour outside your comfort zone with these alluring, alt varietals.

1 If you drink Pinot Grigio…
11 Wines To Try If You're Bored with the Same Old Varietals
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Try: Melon de Bourgogne

Bottle: Lieu Dit Melon, $21

Pair with: oysters

Better known as Muscadet in the Loire Valley, Melon de Bourgogne checks all the same boxes as pinot grigio (crisp, inexpensive, as innocuous as a Lemon Drop), with bonus points for its steely edge and stone fruit notes.


2 If you drink Sauvignon Blanc…
11 Wines To Try If You're Bored with the Same Old Varietals
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Try: Albariño

Bottle: Do Ferreiro Abariño, $20

Pair with: shrimp

On the hunt for Sancerre's mineral verve and aromatic complexity, sans the hefty price tag? Look to northern Spain's signature shellfish sidekick, which has an extra saline punch due to its proximity to the Atlantic.

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3 If you drink Chardonnay…
11 Wines To Try If You're Bored with the Same Old Varietals
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Try: Chenin Blanc

Bottle: Champalou Vouvray, $22

Pair with: roast chicken

Whether you're into stoic Chablis or Napa butter bombs, there's a Chenin for you, particularly in Vouvray, where offerings range from bone-dry to lush and floral.


4 If you drink Grenache Rosé…
11 Wines To Try If You're Bored with the Same Old Varietals
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Try: Hondarrabi Beltza

Bottle: Camino Roca Altxerri Txakoli Rosé, $17

Pair with: grilled sausages or hot dogs

Provence might have its grip on the #yeswayrose craze, but Basque country—with its lip-smacking watermelon character and trademark fizz—is our preferred pink fix.

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5 If you drink Champagne…
11 Wines To Try If You're Bored with the Same Old Varietals
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Try: Pet Nat

Bottle: Channing Daughters Bianco Pétillant Naturel, $27

Pair with: a toast!

Like Champagne minus the pomp and pageantry. Cava with some hipster cred. This naturally sparkling wine, colloquially known as "pét-nat" (pétillant naturel), has become the most sought-after patio pounder. Unfiltered, lower in alcohol, and made with an ancestral technique that predates the Champagne method, dewy bottles of pét-nat are perfect both as aperitif and celebratory toast. Crafted from all manner of red and white grapes, it has the potential to usurp anything from Lambrusco to a vinho verde.

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6 If you drink Pinot Noir…
11 Wines To Try If You're Bored with the Same Old Varietals
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Try: Gamay

Bottle: Bow & Arrow Gamay Noir, $20

Pair with: salmon

Burgundy's other red grape has shed its second-banana status, with herbal, earthy offerings now popping up in California, Oregon, and even the Finger Lakes.


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