Another year means more resolutions we try our utmost to adhere to before falling back into the pattern of our past familiar ways. While hitting the gym more regularly and that healthier lifestyle you are after may not be something we can help with (although the French paradox does to some extent provide evidence of the health benefits of a glass of red wine), we can make recommendations about altering your mindset when it comes to trying new wines.
There are most likely varieties that you are adamant you cannot stand and believe there are no examples of that will appeal to your palate. But each variety is so different depending on a plethora of factors, including: the region it was grown, the way the grapes were picked, the methods and the yeast used in producing the wine, whether tanks or barrels were used throughout the process and the winemaker themselves. The exact same grapes could be handed to one hundred winemakers and the result would be that no two wines were the same.
It therefore may not be the grape variety itself you are turned off by, but the methods used in its production in the winery. If you are not a Chardonnay fan because of the effects on the wine of the barrel fermentation, you could try an unoaked variety. The fruit is the star in this case and the fresh, fruity characters should shine through a lot more clearly.
A lot of people seem more reluctant to try the Aromatic varieties: Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Viognier. Perhaps the fact they are harder to pronounce means restaurant goers do not want to mispronounce their order and appear ignorant about their wine knowledge. But these are the varieties that showcase the complexity of grapes without the aid of barrel fermentation. The fruit is allowed and expected to speak for itself. There may be a lot going on in the glass, aromas that you are unable to identify, but the beauty of wine is that by drinking more and by just paying a little bit more attention to the nose and each mouthful of wine, you can train your palate to identify what each aroma is.
And you don’t have to be alone in your search for a new wine variety to try. Instead of overwhelming your senses without knowing what to make of each individual aroma- how to separate each aroma from the others- Winoceros is able to help you. We have packs of wine that are specially designed to help you try new varieties, including one that solely contains aromatic wines. This allows you to try new wines while being guided through the different aromas that each contains. You will learn some of the jargon of the connoisseurs and learn what exactly it is that you do and don’t particularly like in certain varieties. The consequence being that when you next go into the bottle shop you will be able to ask for advice while still showing off your newly acquired knowledge.
So go on, we dare you. Try new wines, different varieties. Add a new exercise regime into your schedule- giving your palate a workout!
By Emma Dodd