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8 Tips to Find New Wine

August 3, 2014

Are you stuck in a wine rut? We’ve all been there: you have your favorite grape varieties and regions down. You know the names of your favorite producers, and probably the names of their extended family members as well. Heck, you could even find your bottles of choice at your local wine shop blindfolded and in the dark!

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But lately you have started to feel unsatisfied. You know you need something new, but what? We’ve got eight rules to help you find new wines that will became cellar staples. The fastest way to do this is to switch up wine styles: If you prefer reds, start exploring whites, and vice versa. It sounds scary at first, but no matter your preference, there is a counterpart to be discovered.

Many white wine drinkers fear going over to the dark side. There is nothing to fear but fear itself: reds do not need to be heavy or tannic, and we have rules and a few regions to get you started.

  • Love mouth-watering fruit? Gamay from Beaujolais, Barbera from Piedmont, and Sicilian Frappato have gobs of it.
  • Batty about bubbles? Try a sparkling red Lambrusco from Emilia-Romagna. These bad-boys are dynamite with Antipasti.
  • Are you a tannin-phobe? Look for something smooth, polished and elegant, like an Austrian Blaufrankisch or an Italian Marzemino.
  • Like your wines bone dry and chock-full of minerals? Pinot Noir from Oregon or Burgundy and Sangiovese-driven Chianti Classico are the way to go.

If you are as thirsty as we are right now, check out our complete list of our favorite red wines for white wine drinkers.

Find new wineWe know what you’re thinking red-wine lovers – no way that a white wine can be weighty and complex enough for me! We thought long and hard about this, and think that we have got you covered.

  • Like a little weight in your wines? Check out groovy Gruner Veltliners form Austria or Australian Semillon.
  • Love floral, fruity aromatics? Chenin Blanc-based Vouvrays and Viognier from Condrieu deliver in spades.
  • Want brooding, dark minerals? Southern Italian whites from Sicily and Basilicata have them in droves.
  • Tannin lovers look no further than the oaked Chardonnays of the Côte de Beaune or start exploring the world of orange wines (think rosé in reverse).

Once again, we like to make things easy for you, so here is a list of some of our favorite super satisfying white wines for red wine lovers.

If you are a fan of whites and reds, but still need some new options, now might be the perfect time to start exploring Greek wines. Check out our intro guide to Greek wine to get the A-Z on these old-world gems.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Need some other suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

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Amy Ullman Marketing Manager Drync Amy Ullman is the Drync Marketing Manager, the voice behind our social media feed, and is a frequent contributor to the blog. She is always on the lookout for new and interesting wines, and better ways to describe them.