The Best Value Wines from Lesser-known Wine Countries
The best wines from the lesser-known wine-producing countries at the Wine Access 2011 International Value Wine Awards
Aside from South Africa, this is a hodgepodge of weird-sounding grapes from several lesser-known wine-producing countries. What do you get? Well, great value and interesting wines — just not enough of them. Whether it’s Greek moschofilero or agiorgitiko, Austrian grüner veltliner or German riesling, these are grapes with long, rich histories in their respective countries. It should not be surprising, then, that South African chenin blanc also finished with some impressive results. South African chenin is distinctive and has been grown there since the 17th century. It should play an even greater role in the country’s exports. How do we get more of these wines in Canada? The answer is easy: wine lovers should break out of familiar drinking patterns and buy more of them. If we all experiment a little, maybe each country represented here will eventually have its own category. (Bill Zacharkiw)
Photo: Gary Craig
A consistently good-value red, the Two Oceans shiraz brings cherry and black pepper aromas while showing a hint of that smoky, rubbery trait common in some South African reds. It's a full-bodied red that offers a fine balance of black cherry and smoky, meaty notes and hints of raspberry and black pepper on the finish.