Wondering what wines to drink in 2017? I asked a group of sommeliers and wine writers which varietals, regions and styles they’re excited to drink more of in the new year. Look for some unexpected countries, more focus on indigenous grapes and practices that go beyond the vineyard to include cooperation between wineries.
Indigenous Varieties and California Classics — James Tidwell, Co-founder TEXSOM
“Balance is important in both winemaking and wine drinking. As sommeliers, we sometimes get really geeky, and its great to be reminded of the traditional and classic wines. I am revisiting some California classics such as Grgich Hills Chardonnay, Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon, Iron Horse sparkling and Tablas Creek red wines. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I am exploring in greater depth some of the grapes that I tasted during my travels, including Hungarian whites Furmint from Tokaj and Juhfark from Somló; Turkish red grapes Öküzgözü, Boğazkere and Kalecik Karası; and Greek grape varieties including Xinomavro from Northern Greece, Debina from Epirus, plus a selection of grapes from the Peloponnese peninsula. In contrast to their charmingly tongue-twisting names, these are wines of serious stature and branch out from the familiar grape profiles into new and delicious territories. They are not always easy to find, but are worth seeking for the variety and diversity they offer.”
Published on: 12/29/2016
By: Adam Morganstern