11 Wines To Try If You're Bored with the Same Old Varietals
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…
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…
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…
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…
Try: Hondarrabi Beltza
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…
Try: Pet Nat
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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