People like to stick to what they know and are familiar with; but surely you can see the flaw in always doing this. If you always eat the same foods or go the same place for vacation than you obviously know you’re missing out on a lot. But a lot of people don’t apply this same thinking to wines. There are over 10,000 varieties of wine grape out there in the world. Not that there is anything wrong with a good chardonnay or merlot, but there are plenty of other wines to try.
Try a wine made from the little known Frappato grapes from southeastern Sicily. These are bright and lively summer reds that go great with a broad range of foods and look like a rare gem glittering in a Ravenscroft Crystal Admiral’s Decanter. They are known for their good but still easy to work with body and aroma.
There is a veritable treasure trove of traditional wines that sadly are becoming less and less available. This is because of the demand for commonly known wines and less for these small regional specialty wines, but this is not because of a lack of quality. Try a few of these for yourself and see.