By Gerald Lu
Alas, the new year begins and the industry is awash with new projects and plans for 2015. Chefs ready themselves for a carribbean and latin-american invasion, mixologists braving horror stories to bring us spirits and liqueurs from China are Sommeliers are “level-upping” their snootiness with new wines from obscure regions.
In order for us not to be left behind, here are some regions guaranteed to shut the other party up whilst boosting your own wine knowledge !
Discover and improve your wine knowledge
1. Santorini – Greece
The result is a dark, rich, velvety dessert wine of dried figs, honey, cocoa, licorice, dates and toffee. The relatively low yields means production is low hence getting your hands on some could be pretty challenging.
2. Duoro DOC – Portugal
3.Savennières AOC – France
To take this Chenin Blanc a notch up the snobbery route, the 3rd AOC, AOC Savennières-Coulée-de-Serrant is a measly 7 hectares and is SOLEY owned by Nicolas Joly, the most iconic name in the region. He makes 3 different wines, and of which, de la Coulée de Serrant, a wine known for its power and longevity and is mentioned in the breadth of the world’s best whites. Give us a call when you plan to open some.
4.Kamptal DAC – Austria
Kamptal gets its name from the river Kamp that flows directly through it, offering a diversity of soils from loess to gravel. Certain aspects of the region have extremely steep slopes, offering maximum light and heat exposure, somewhat like the Mosel region of Germany, where the Rieslings get rich and majestic. Despite being the home to some great still wines made from Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, the secret of Kamptal lies, in a town called Langenlois.
Comprising of some great houses like Fred Loimer, Bründlmayer and Jurtschitsch, Langenlois produces some of the best sparkling wines the world has hardly seen. Lemon and spice line their bubblies accompanied with a lingering acidity and clean minerality only capable by cool climate regions, focused and pure with a fine and persistent mousse, that is the style of the great sparklings of the region. Production is small with an average of 500 – 3000 bottles produced per winery (if they even have the means to make it) with some wineries like Bründlmayer even holding on to vintages from the 50s and 60s still full of life and energy! ( Yes, lucky me has tasted some.)
Now, go out there, get some and blow away your friends going on and on about the same Grand Crus and Classified growths away with your new found wine knowledge !