The amazing array of different wines on the market can be overwhelming for even the most distinguished wine connoisseur. When it comes to picking from some of the more unusual wines from around the world, things can get tricky. These surprising tastes do not seem to follow the rules, yet they are so wonderful and robust that you must try each of them at least once if you want to truly understand wine at its finest.
Where to Start
One of the best places to start when choosing a more unusual wine is to find out what is out there. If you do not have any idea of the unusual wines on the market then you really cannot go about choosing one. You might be amazed at just how many different wines there are on the market.
Unusual wines come from all around the world, from every continent and from some of the most exotic places. Some of the more unique varities may even be found right in your own backyard. Yes, local growers and even wine merchants and importers can have a brilliant array of world wines, many of which won’t conform to the traditional standards to which we are also so accustomed.
What Makes an Unusual Wine?
Simply put, an unusual wine is a wine that does not fit into the classic definitions. It is difficult to put it into a traditional classification because of the complexity of flavors. Each wine that is labeled as unusual will have a certain aspect that makes it different and unable to be classified under normal classifications.
Examples of Unusual Wines
The following lists some of the world’s most extraordinary wines. You will find the name, where it comes from and what makes it unusual in this list.
Retsina – Greece – Unusual aspect is the flavoring of the wine using pine resin.
Spice Route – Africa
Cataclysm – California – The last wine to come from the area. It was harvested on the day of the San Francisco earthquake from the stressed vines remaining.
Te’j – New York – A honey wine with a rich Italian history. A blend of Trebbiano and Malvasio.
Rose Petal Wine – England – Made and flavored with rose petals.
Ice Wine – Germany – Made from grapes that are frozen on the vine and packed while still frozen. Intensely sweet in taste.
Making a Choice
Now that you know more about what some of the alternative wines and the different options available for you to find, taste and buy, you are ready to choose one. Choosing an unusual wine is not much different from how you choose any other wine.
You start by checking prices and finding what is in your price range. You can then decide if you have a specific region you would like a wine from. You consider the taste you would like or you can begin sampling unusual wines to find the one that is suits your tastes.
These rare or unconventional wines open up a whole new world of taste to you. The flavors and the stories behind these unusual wines are enough to draw you in, but is the unique flavors that will keep drawing you back to try out all the unusual wines of the world.
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