You may love mushrooms on toast but we’re pretty sure that you don’t want to have mushrooms on toast every night for dinner. You may love roast duck. Your heart may skip a beat if you see it on a restaurant menu… but we are sure that you don’t want roast duck for dinner every night either.
We think about wine the same way. The idea of drinking the same wine style all the time is absurd to us. It would be like having mushrooms on toast every night. And let’s face it - eating mushrooms on toast every night would be patently weird.
As wine drinkers we crave variety. We love trying something new. We choose different wines to match the time of day; the time of year; our moods; who we are with; what we’re eating (if we’re eating...), and a host of other parameters that make us want to open one particular bottle of wine ahead of another.
Going through this process is half the fun for us. There are no hard and fast rules and there are certainly no rights and wrongs. The only wrong is not chancing your arm and trying something new every now and then.
So if you haven’t ventured out into uncharted wine territory for a while there is no better time to start than now.
So try something new. The joys of Viognier, Semillon, Gruner Veltliner, Arneis, Albarino, Pinot Blanc, Verdehlo, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Malbec, Fiano, Sangiovese await you. And your old mates Riesling and Gewürztraminer probably deserve a chance to reacquaint themselves too.
Who knows? You might even like them! But one thing’s for sure - you won’t know if you don’t put them through their paces.
Here are some current favourites:
Domaines Schlumberger Les Abbes Pinot Blanc 2013
Super classic Pinot Blanc from one of the great Alsace producers. Dry, but with a gorgeous, lightly honeyed characters on the mid-palate, this is delicious, interesting wine that Pinot Gris lovers will immediately identify with.
One Off Albarino 2015
Very popular in its natural habitat of Spain and Portugal this dry white wine is increasingly being seen around the world as New World producers discover its tangy charms. Match this crisp summer white with some fresh shellfish or a tomato salad and watch the magic unfold.