RHYS PENDER MW Rhys is a Master of Wine who combines his time writing, judging, teaching, consulting and dirtying his boots at his Little Farm Winery. Named by Western Living as a “Top 40 Foodie Under 40” in Western Canada, Rhys also runs Wine Plus+, a wine school, and judges wine competitions nationally and internationally.
There are many options that will allow you to be adventurous without stepping too far away from the tastes and styles you’ve come to love.
CITRA NIRO MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO Italy $19.99 216589 A nice combination of ripe plum and black cherry fruit with dried Mediterranean herbs is rounded off with a hint of leather
IF YOU LIKE MALBEC, TRY MONTEPULCIANO. Are you a fan of Malbec’s rustic, ripe fruit character? Maybe it’s time for you to try a Montepulciano. This grape, grown mostly in the Abruzzo region (halfway up the boot of Italy on the Adriatic coast) has a similarly rustic, flavoursome generosity. A little less jammy and a little more savoury than your typical Argentine Malbec, you will find Montepulciano a refreshing alternative.
and some spicy, peppery notes.
CHÂTEAU DE LA GRAVELLE MUSCADET SÈVRE-ET-MAINE SUR LIE France $21.99 411066 This fresh, light, zippy white offers racy acidity and flavours of green apple, pear, lime, biscuit and wet stone minerality that linger on the long finish.
IF YOU LIKE PINOT GRIGIO, TRY MUSCADET. Store shelves in the world are bulging with rows of Italian Pinot Grigio. This crisp, fresh, light and fairly simple wine is an easy quaffer. If you are craving something with a similar zippy, lively taste but with a hint of savoury notes and wet stone minerality, look for the wine from the western reaches of France’s Loire Valley—a Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie. The “ sur lie ” part is important, it means the wine was aged briefly on its spent yeast cells, adding both texture and subtle savoury, bready flavours to mix with the crisp citrus and tree fruits.
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