“Under the Radar” Wine Spectator by Keith Newton

 

40 PRODUCERS PURSUING VALUE IN EMERGING REGIONS by Keith Newton

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Wine Spectator April 30th 2015

Today’s wine world offers an incredible array of options. Yet wine drinkers searching for something new often find barriers to entry in their way.  Hard-to-pronounce grape names, unfamiliar appellations, small production- who hasn’t encountered these obstacles when exploring the wines of an up-and-coming region?  …
By Featuring producers from emerging regions- instead of the more commonly available value brands, which often come from large produces in huge appellations- this selection steers you to distinctive wines with focused flavors, many from unique terroirs or indigenous grapes. The use of local varieties and increasingly modern winemaking techniques in regions such Sicily and Greece is yielding rapidly improving quality without sacrificing traditional character…

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GREECE

The roots of wine growing in Greece run deep into the ancient past, yet the country’s modern wine culture has emerged only recently. An emphasis on indigenous grapes, which are more suitable for the Greek climate than imported varieties, has been key to success.

Across the country, distinctive wines are being made from singular terroirs– from the Cycladic island of Santorini in the Aegean, where the white grape Assyrtiko  thrives in the volcanic soils of the hot, dry landscape…

Quality is surging, yet the wines remain well-priced, creating plenty of great opportunities for value.”

 

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