The New Year is here! Time to slough off all the remnants of last year and start anew in 2018. And for us wine lovers, that means drinking more, not less. But instead of sipping back on those tried-and-true classics, we are going to make a real effort to get out of our old drinking ruts. (Though drinking Bordeaux is certainly a good rut to find yourself in!) We here at WineNight resolve in 2018 to get out of our (wine) box and explore new terrain, literally and figuratively. Our drinking resolutions for 2018 are three-fold, listed below.
How about you, wine lover, what are some of your New Year drinking resolutions? Let us know in the comment section below!
Resolution 1: Drink Orange Wine
Orange wine is officially a thing, any time of year. We wrote about this phenomena a bit back, but still haven’t gotten around to making it a part of our regular line up. We’re not sure why, as there’s nothing not to like here.
Orange wine is versatile, super food friendly, and refreshing. In terms of taste, it has the freshness of whites with the structure of reds. While it’s a seemingly new creation, orange wine is actually a tradition that’s been around for thousands of years in the Republic of Georgia. It’s only recently this style of wine was revived by Italian and Slovenian winemakers, putting it back on the map. Because of its popularity over the last five years or so, vintners from all over the world, from Long Island to South Africa have been producing the stuff. Which means there’s plenty of styles to choose from in 2018.
Resolution 2: Tour Greek Wineries
While touring Napa and Rioja are always on the top of our to-do list, visiting the Greek island of Santorini to visit wineries and taste wines that back to the ancient times is on the top of our list. Santorini’s vineyards boast indigenous varieties, and the island’s unique ecosystem, along with its volcanic soils, strong winds, rare rainfalls and the hot and dry summers result in wines of a uniquely intense and complex character. Not only is the wine great, the island has infinity pools galore and amazing vistas that will take your breath away. Greek wines are indeed having a Renaissance, and there’s no better time to visit than immediately.
Resolution 3: Try New Grapes
We love our noble grapes: merlot, pinot noir, chardonnay. God, we love them. They just work, time and time again. They never let us down and always there for us, like a dear old friend. But since we’re resolving to get out of our comfort zones this year, we are going to go beyond cabernet and open our palates to new tastes that very well might become our new favorite wines.
We’re going to resolve to drink only new and less-known grapes. Since we’re going to be traveling to Greece, we are going to indulge in the minerality of Greece’s assyrtiko. Instead of our usual choice of Nebbiolo, we’re going to choose to order and explore nero d’Avolas from Sicily, with its dry and full-bodied mouthfeel. Also off the beaten path, but grapes worth exploring are rustic, full-bodied mourvèdre, Iberian light-bodied albariño, and Germany’s kerner, a lean and minerally gem.