The diversity in areas and climates of the United States means a wine lover will have a range of superb and often good-value wines to taste and admire. California indeed takes the lead in 10 best wines tasting experiences, but there are superior contributions to be found in Washington State, Oregon and others, as per the recent surveys.
Whatever your majestic, exciting ambitions may be, we would encourage one and all to put together a bottle list of wine types to taste. And if you have already tried wine then you will want to enhance your knowledge further and know what you like.
So, without further botheration, here we recommend the best wines to try, before real life properly kicks in.
- King of White Wine – Viognier
Viognier is a clear winner of white wine arsenal round the globe. This gorgeous grape varietal is most intently allied with the Rhone region of France but is developed successfully in the US and Australia too. What makes it a must-have?
It represents all that is great about fine white wine – powerful floral flavours, a strong hit of stoned fruit (think green plums and damsons), held in a beautifully soft, almost creamy body. Drinking this chilled wine on a beach, with some grilled seafood… it’s the ultimate in relaxed decadence, laid-back sophistication.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
To see the best of New World Wines, look no further than Cabernet Sauvignon. With complex nose of blackberry, dark plum and vanilla, this wine followed by a silky feel on the palate gives you the real taste of ecstasy.
A red grape varietal known for its thick, durable skin, the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal were relatively easy to grow, and the grape found its champion in the region of Bordeaux. These wines are for long evenings spent with old friends talking about the world, and this might get you a different opinion about tasting red wine forever.
Merlot wines are simply awesome. Being recognized for its dark blue color, Merlot is often associated with blueberry whereas its softer tannins and full flavors make it one of the most approachable, drinkable and affordable of all red wines, unlike Cabernet Sauvignon.
Merlot can resist intense heat and has an extensive time frame for ripening. Due to its flexibility in the vineyard, Merlot is grown very successfully worldwide, especially in Bordeaux, Italy, and Northern California.
When accompanied with roasted prime rib, grilled steaks, cheese (especially full-flavored cheddar, camembert, etc.) and tomato sauce dishes, Merlot brings the best of flavors in the palate.
- Pinot Noir
Though it resembles a black pine cone, Pinot Noir is a thin skin grape that performs much better in cooler climates with plenty of sun exposure. It is often grown very successfully in Coastal areas such as Oregon, California, Burgundy (France), Germany and New Zealand.
Pinot Noir features two major styles, volcanic soil Burgundian style – derived from the cooler climate, another one is the popular Fruit Forward, much richer in California – which is exposed to extensive sunlight and a warmer climate.
Both are food-friendly varietal that combines well with different types of proteins such as roasted lean beef, grilled chicken, roast duck, lamb, pork loin, tuna and smoked meats.
- Syrah or Shiraz
Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark, heavy skin grape that outshines in hotter climates such as California, where it is preferably melded with Grenache. Excellent Syrahs are also made in Italy’s Piedmont region and in Sicily.
While the flair it offers fluctuate among different regions, it is only called Shiraz if it is from Australia, and is served as Syrah if you are in California or elsewhere in the US.
The Syrah grape owns the richness of supreme antioxidants from popular wine grape varietals. It has a distinct aroma of pepper, vanilla, blackberry and spice with a smooth texture to offer. Syrah wine gives your palate a recall for the lifetime when paired with beef or barbecue, lamb, duck, tuna and others.
Tempranillo is one of the most vital grapes with tremendous aging capacity. Tempranillo was first grown in California’s hot, dry climate in the early 1900s.
This wine is extremely versatile, complement food and capable of great things. It’s clear that it has urban fans in different parts of the wine-growing world, including a growing number of winemakers here in the U.S.
Also, it gels in and around various warmer climates having adequate nitrates in soils, such as California, Australia, South America, Turkey, New Zealand and Texas.
Since Tempranillo varietal absorbs greater intensities in potassium, you may feel it a bit higher in acidity level than other varietals.
Zinfandel, popularly known in the category of deep, dark, rich red wines, is mostly grown in California and Southern Italy.
Zinfandel is a versatile grape and is used to produce many styles, ranging from late harvest dessert wines, rosés (White Zinfandel) and Beaujolais-style light reds to big hearty reds and fortified wine in the style of port.
The quality and character of American Zinfandel wines largely depend on the location, climate and age of the vineyard, as well the techniques used by the winemaker. Zinfandel “old vines” are particularly prized.
Malbec, originally from France, is typically used in Bordeaux these days to flesh out the edges of Right Bank blends. You’ll also find it grown in Cahors, France but more predominately in Argentina where French and Argentine winemakers have found perfect conditions to grow this fruit forward, rich varietal.
Key elements used in Malbec include plum, raspberry, fig, and spice. If you are seeking to taste wine in California then Malbec is the one to complement beef and lamb cuisine.
So there you have it. How many have you have picked out?
If that all seems like a bit too much to accomplish at the moment. Then don’t swear it. Start by taking it one by one and help yourself in discovering the most eclectic wine types to experience.
Author: Michael Asimo is a US-based blogger and has a deep affection for fine wine flavors. His writings online make every word work that you need to know about wine investment. Have your say by joining in the debates. Michael Asimo’s blog provide well-informed content and strives to bring the best facts forward for readers.