Drinking Around the World in 30 Days

If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you’ll notice I have a passion for wine- of course drinking it, but also for exploring it! I love finding new varietals, winemaking styles and learning new things. One of the things about wine that intrigues me the most is how different each wine can taste based on the different factors in the wine making process. What type of grape is it? Where was it grown and harvested? Was is aged in Oak? What is the vintage? All of these combinations of varietal and terroir make each wine unique. I set out on a quest to “drink around the world” to determine what each of these factors means to me and my own palate. I’ve decided to break down my “research” by country and include facts about each wine along with my own personal tasting notes. I hope this inspires readers to explore new options and try a new wine! Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite -or- ten.

Italy 🇮🇹
Montepulciano d’Abuzzo (2016)

  • Medium bodied, medium tannins, dry, high acidity
  • Notes: cherry, vanilla, earth and spice
    *I’m told by an insider that you cannot get a true Montepulciano in the US

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Nero d’Avola (2015)

  • Bold, medium tannins, medium dry, medium acidity
  • Notes: dark fruit with vanilla, strong finish
  • Will purchase again!

Stemmari Nero d’Avola

  • Medium bodied, medium acidity, medium tannins
  • Notes: definitely liked the above Nero d’ Avola better, it had stronger flavors throughout the tasting experience

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Appassimento Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Blend (Nonvintage)

  • Medium bodied, low to medium tannins, low to medium acidity
  • Notes: cherries, vanilla, oak , will replace Port as a desert wine IMO
  • Will purchase again!

Natale Verga Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo (Vinatge Unknown)

  • Medium bodied, medium tannins, medium acidity
  • Notes: light, easy to drink, smooth with a small finish of dark fruit

France 🇫🇷

img_3389-2Montet Sauvignon Bordeaux (2015)

  • Bold, dry, medium acidity, light to medium body
  • Notes: citrus and tart, yet balanced
  • Will purchase again!

Cotes du Rhône (2016)

  • Light bodied, low acidity, low tannins
  • Super easy to drink, great for beginners wanting to explore, produced from Cinsault

Chateau d’ Hanteillan (2014)

  • Medium bodied, medium to high acidity, low tannins
  • Great blalance between the acidity with low tannins with a light finish

Gamay Beaujolais (2017)

  • Medium bodied, low to medium acidity with low to medium tannins
  • Notes: dark fruit, deep in color, strong finish. Great start for my first Gamay.

Argentina 🇦🇷
Attica La Rioja Malbec (2016)

  • Bold, medium to low tannins, semi dry, medium to low acidity
  • Notes: super smooth, less bitey on the front palate, strong finish

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Trapice Malbec (2015)

  • Medium bodied, low to medium tannins, semi dry, medium acidity
  • Notes: cask oak aged is noticeable, dark fruits

Cabernet Sauvignon (2015)

  • Full bodied, medium acidity, high tannins
  • Notes: Strong flavors of dark fruit, strong finish, notably different from Californian Cab Sav.

Seleccion Malbec (2015)

  • Medium to full bodied, medium acidity, medium tannins
  • Notes: dark fruit, deep in color, strong finish. Malbec is FROM Mendoza, so keep that in mind when you’re purchasing

Chile 🇨🇱 

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Casillero del Diablo Carmenere (2017)

  • Medium bodied, medium acidity, medium tannins
  • Notes: bold flavor, tannic, very smooth finish
  • Will purchase again!

Chilensis Pinot Noir (2018)

  • Medium bodied, low tannins, medium dry, medium acidity
  • Notes: smooth throughout, but not complex, no taste of tannins or acidity, one solid flavor

USA 🇺🇸 

Fall Creek Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (2018)

  • Texas: light bodied, light to medium sweetness, medium acidity
  • Notes: Crisp, citrus, tropical fruits sweeter than others

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Match Book Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)

  • Full bodied, medium acidity, high tannins
  • Notes: Strong flavors of dark fruit, strong finish

Fall Creek Vineyards with The Salt Lick Cellars Tempranillo (Vintage Unknown)

  • Full bodied, medium to high acidity, medium to high tannins
  • Notes: This collaboration between my two favorite Texan places did not disappoint! Bold on the nose, deep in color, strong finish.
  • Will purchase again!

Spain 🇪🇸 

Honoro Vera Cabernet Sauvignon (Vintage Unknown)

  • Full bodied, medium acidity, medium tannins
  • Notes: dark and fruity on the front palate, smooth throughout

Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja (2012)

  • Tempranillo, full bodied, medium to high acidity, medium to high tannins
  • Smooth on the front, strong finish, smoother after decanting

Rioja Tempranillo (2015)

  • Full bodied, medium to high acidity, medium to high tannins
  • Notes: bold, fruit forward, strong on the nose, bold finish

Albarino (2017)

  • Light bodied, medium to high acidity, bone dry
  • Notes: I don’t typically go for white wines, but the description had me curious. The light body had hints of lemon and lime with the acidity and tannins I love from Reds

Australia 🇦🇺 

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Pepperjack Shiraz (2014)

  • Full Bodied, medium dry, medium acidity, medium tannins
  • Notes: deep color, aged in cask oak, blackberries and plums, pepper, smooth
  • Will purchase again!

South Africa 🇿🇦  

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Arra Cape Blend (2012)

  • Light bodied, medium to high acidity, medium to low tannins
  • Notes: Pinotage grape indigenous to SA, smooth, easy to drink
  • Will purchase again!

Stellenbosch Cape Blend

  • Light bodied, medium to high acidity, medium to low tannins
  • Notes: Pinotage grape, mild flavors on the pallet, likes Arra better

Portugal 🇵🇹 

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Cais da Ribeira Trinto (2015)

  • Full bodied, medium to high tannins, medium acidity
  • Notes: smooth, bold, dark fruit

Broadbent Vhino Verde (Vintage Unknown)

  • Light bodied, dry, high acidity
  • Notes: crisp and citrusy, flavors of lemon and lime BUBBLES, my new favorite refreshing summer drink
  • Will purchase again!

New Zealand 🇳🇿 

Sauvignon Blanc (2017)

  • Light bodied, dry, high acidity
  • Notes: crisp, citrus fruit, dry finish

Kia Ora Sauvignon Blanc (2018)

  • Light bodied, medium sweetness, medium acidity
  • Notes: Crisp, citrus, tropical fruits , perfect for a hot summer day
  • Will purchase again!

 

That concludes this segment of drinking around the world, ten countries… and counting! This was a preliminary experiment that I fully intend on continuing- I’m never finished learning about wine! If you have any comments, suggestions or recommendations I would love to hear them!

 

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