New grapes and a surprising lesson

Sunday, September 21, 2008

In the past several weeks, I have found wines made from grapes that I have never heard of.  Three of them are from the country of Georgia, one is a native varietal from California, and one was a red that is great for dealing with drought type environments.

The lesson was that when it comes to things like Italian wines, being a Sagrantino di Montefalco is very different from being a Sagrantino di Montefalco - Passito.

I also experienced a very off bottle of wine when a friend invited me for a drink at the Dock Street Restaurant.  It hurt because I know the winemaker, and he's a great guy, but this bottle was on it's way to being salad dressing (vinegar, folks).

Do yourselves a favor, try three wines in the next three weeks that are made from grapes that are alien to you.  You might want to look at some Greek wines as well!

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