3 WHITES AND 3 REDS THAT DESERVE WAY MORE ATTENTION!
We focus on the regions, grapes and styles that are perpetual also-rans in the shadow of more prominent and popular leading lights. Time to go slightly off-piste and see what else the wine world has to offer. 3 white and 3 reds that will open your eyes. Albert Bichot Aligote is a White Burgundy but rather than Chardonnay, it utilises Aligote - a racier, fresher variety than Chardonnay. Prieler Gemischter Satz is a beautiful field blend comprising off the grid varieties such as Gelber Muskateller, Welschriesling and of course its main export Gruner Veltliner. This is the ultimate dumpling wine. Firstly, I know you are afraid of the bottle, but don't worry - Blue Nun and sweet Piesporters of the 80's are as dead as the dodo, and anyway, this isn't even Riesling! Wagner Stempel Grauburgunder is a gorgeous white wine with rippling acidity and beautiful length. Piedmont wine is all about Nebbiolo and Barbera and rarely about Dolcetto, Trediberri Dogliani Dolcetto is a juicy red with good tannins and earthy fruit, making it one of Italy's greatest food wines. Flor de Maoi from Alentejo demonstrates the pedigree of Porto red, and with a few years of age on it, it is right in its drinking window. Priorat sits with Rioja at the top of Spain's classification, they are only only two appellations distinguished as 'DOC'. Priorat never seems to draw as much water as Rioja though. Alvaro Palacios is Spain's greatest living winemaking and his Camins del Priorat is an excellent entry point to the style, and one of the greatest gateway wines of all time. STSWine