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The 2014 Wine Challenge

28 Dec

Here’s my 2014 Wine Challenge for you! There’s something for everyone, I promise:

-For those who love the Italian wines of Tuscany and Piedmont, I challenge you to try more wines of the Southern Tyrol, Trentino, and Campania regions of Italy.

-For those who love the French wines of Bordeaux, I challenge to you try more wines from Languedoc, Rhone, the Loire Valley, and Alsace regions of France.

-For those who love new world wines from the west coast, I challenge you to seek out and try small, quality winemakers instead of depending solely on major name establishments.

-For those who love old-world wines and classic chateaux, I challenge you to find and share the petite chateau bargains that can be found with just a little work.

-For those who prefer bold red wines, I challenge you to ignore your mainstays and remind yourself of the wines from Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Chile, South Africa and Australia- and try Rioja, Syrah, Old Vine Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo.

-For those who prefer delicate red wines like the French Gamay and Pinot Noir, I challenge you to try an Italian Lambrusco, Valpolicella, and a Lagrein– and vice versa!

-For those who prefer white wines, I challenge you to try Vinho Verde, Alabarino, Pino Gris, Kerner, Ugni Blanc, and Gruner Veltliner to compete with the classic Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Pinot Grigio wines you know so well.

-For those who love Champagne, Cava and Prosecco, I challenge you to try a Sparking Riesling.

-For those who love Sauternes, I challenge you to taste a Banyuls Blanc and an Eiswine.

For all of us, let us challenge one another to try something new and share it with friends. Host a wine tasting or a dinner, for wine is meant to be a shared joy.

Wishing you a “wine-derful” 2014! 

-Jim vanBergen, JvBUnCorked

à votre santé!


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