A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will you go? Many wine drinkers cling to familiar grape varieties or settle for what’s in easy reach. Don’t miss out, wine lover. There are between 5,000 and 10,000 varieties of Vitis Vinifera, the plant species responsible for nearly all wine grapes, planted around the world. Certain grapes have risen the ranks because of their universally unobjectionable flavors, tendency to resist vine diseases, and general amiability in vineyards. A slew of wonderful wine grapes have been overlooked for centuries, but things are starting to change. The rise of global communication has made it easier than ever for wine drinkers to discover new grapes. Today’s consumer climate demands that which is new (to us) and exotic. We have a strong desire to stay ahead of trends. The web’s top wine writers are here to speculate on grapes that could be part of a new wave. Heed their counsel — and if you don’t see these grapes at your local restaurants and retailers, just ask.Ancient, Indigenous, Un-named
For those unfamiliar with Furmint, I highly recommend kick-starting the new year with this white grape variety. Furmint is native to the Tokaj region of Hungary. It is the main grape used in making the world-famous and deliciously satisfying botrytized dessert wines the region is renowned for. What is not well known is Furmint is vinified into a refreshing dry white wine, too — one that is worthy of your attention. Like Riesling, Furmint has naturally high levels of acidity. High acidity is required in dessert wines to balance the residual sugars; otherwise, the wine will be sickly sweet and cloying. As a drier-style table wine, Furmint is lively and crisp and a natural partner to a wide range of foods. My pick for this post is Béres 2014 Tokaji Dry Furmint. This wine is bright and fresh with stone fruit and melon flavors joined by a slight nuttiness, citrus pith and an appealing mineral edge that surfaces towards the back-end. There is some richness in the texture that’s propped up by racy acidity that carries through to the vibrant, clean finish. I hope you can find this wine; I think you will like it! If you cannot find it, the next time you visit your local wine shop ask if they carry any Dry Furmint. If you find something you really enjoy, please share it with us in the comment section. Thanks for reading and I hope the new year is off to a great start for you!
Published on: 26th of January 2017
By: Dezel Quillen