Unusual Grapes Make Wine A Global Playground—And Your Store A Destination
There’s a veritable wine-buying renaissance happening in the U.S. Though international grapes still dominate the shelves, interspersed are under-the-radar varieties and regions hailing from Croatia to Uruguay and everywhere in between. At the same time, consumers are becoming more adventurous with their wine drinking, looking to merchants for guidance in their thirst for discovery.
Luxury can come at any price—this is often lost in the discussion of high-end examples of products in their respective categories.
I collect watches, for instance, and while I can’t quite justify dropping half a year’s mortgage payments on a Rolex Daytona (though I wish I could!), the NOMOS Tangente offers more than enough understated horological luxury at a price point that hews more closely my budget.
Most pink wines are made for immediate drinking, but don’t ignore those that blossom in the bottle.
A rosé wine is supposed to be fresh, floral, fruity, vibrant and great paired with food. Right? Tell that to Spanish winemaker María José López de Heredia, whose current release of Viña Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva is from the 2008 vintage– a full decade old.
A wine region’s reputation is often frozen within a slice of time, like a specimen encased in paraffin awaiting the guillotine cut of the microtome followed by the analysis that occurs under the wine-glass microscope by the consumers of the world.
North central Italy is famous for its fizzing, red sparkling wines made to be enjoyed with meals such as pastas and pork dishes – enjoyable to drink while also balancing the food’s richness. This one is made from the Raboso grape and is lightly fruity, lower in alcohol and has a pleasant, acidy tang in the finish.
Wine importer Blanche Orbe has a passion for Portuguese wines
Her summer pick is a fresh, mineral white from the region. They say you get jobs with your connections, your skills and your education in the field. Well, Blanche Orbe didn’t have that when she started in the wine industry—but that’s where she’s found herself.