Hidden Gems

 From Oddball Regions

The love of wine is an international phenom!  We all love our Italian, French, Australian, Spanish, California and Oregon wines, but what about the “other” regions of the world?  A common thread shared amongst many regions of the world is the creation of delicious wines.  Telling the story of an area in which you may not have known existed, a grape is planted, grown, tended to with love, care and compassion, picked, processed, bottled and sold in an attempt to please the palate and introduce you to the taste of the region.

Enjoy these 6 wines from oddball regions around the world.  You never know, you may find a “new” love!

Cheers!


Gruet Blanc de Noirs, New Mexico
$6 / $22  

Pale salmon in color, this full-bodied wine had a fine mousse and a creamy, rich texture. Complex aromas and flavors of raspberry, baked pear and cherry are complemented by a hint of toasted vanilla. The balance of fruit, minerals and crisp acidity lead to a round mouthfeel and lasting finish.


Stobi Zilavka, Macedonia
$5 / $17

A fresh and spicy wine made from the interesting local grape variety. Appearance is a lemony yellow with aromas of lovely citrus and stone fruit notes.  Flavors of lemon and white peach make this characterful wine perfect with simply grilled fish. While the lingering white pepper finish is ideal as an accompaniment to antipasti or delicate pork fricassee.  Pairs perfectly served with grilled fish, antipasti or a delicate pork fricassee and enjoyed chilled.


Wolffer Estate Rose, Long Island
$7.5 / $26

ight copper-salmon in color. Pure and fresh floral and flinty aromas fill the glass. The mouth-feel is filled with fruit notes of peach and apricots. The mouth-feel is fresh and vibrant with lively acidity and well balanced, satisfying fruit. The finish is classic–dry with subtle, fine tannins and minerality, making it food-friendly and versatile.  Serve just chilled. Enjoy this lively wine poolside or on a picnic blanket. Pair it with elegant hors d’oeuvres, such as smoked salmon, poached lobster, raw shellfish, beef or tuna tartare, and soft cheeses. Or serve it with main-course dishes such as roast turkey, baked ham, and roasted or grilled pork, chicken or fish.


Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand
$8 / $28

This vintage has produced a Pinot Noir displaying ripe rich aromatics; perfumed black fruits of the forest dominate the aroma and these are underpinned by lovely clove, anise, and other brown spice notes. The wine displays lovely elegance and flows with striking precision and clarity. On the palate it kicks off with a supple dark berry entry, moving into a beautifully textured plush mid-palate, after which fine elegant textural tannins frame fruit and acidity on a lengthy finish.


Vino Budimir Triada Red, Serbia
$7.5 / $26

This wine is made from Prokupac, a grape indigenous to Serbia.  The name of the wine comes from the Greek word “trinity”.  Ruby red in color, aromas of wild cherries and red currants complement undertones of menthol and leather.  On the palate, the wine is concentrated and dry, with velvety tannins.  Pair this wine with cured meats, peppered salmon or chili.


Kantina Arberi Kallmet, Albania
$6.5 / $23

This wine comes from a winery of reputation for its high-quality production. The beautiful rich, ruby color is typical of kallmet.  It has the flavor of red apple and blueberry.  On the palate, the taste is delicious with a long linger time.  It is recommended to serve this wine at an ambient temperature.  Pairs perfectly with foods cooked on slow fire, roast and different cheeses.