Research carried out in October 2016 by the Co-Op supermarket found that over 50% of UK wine drinkers have chosen the same tipple for at least ten years. Reasons such as fear of the wrong choice, knowledge of their chosen wine or avoiding disappointment were cited. As wine drinkers get older they tend to get less experimental according to the research and the wines which are most likely to be chosen and stuck with are firstly Pinot Grigio then Merlot Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and then Rioja. There are fantastic examples of all these wines but it is a bit of a shame that so many Brits are missing out on so many other wonderful flavours. Here we’re looking at some of those firm favourite wines and suggesting some alternatives.
If you Love Pinot Grigio…Try Gavi
Cortese di Gavi is a popular Italian white but not as popular as it could be. They have a crisper, drier more animalistic mineral flavour than Pinot Grigio but many examples are packed with freshness and a more complex profile than most Pinots. Try La Giustiniana, di Gavi Montessora.
If you Love Merlot…Try Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is quite a popular red but if you’re looking to move away from a favourited Merlot it’s a great place to start. Pinot Noir was first conceived in Burgundy but you can find fine examples from around the world and it has a medium to light body which is palatable if you’re not used to full-bodied thicker-tasting reds. In our collection you can find the Hugel, Classic Pinot Noir, 2012 and you won’t find a more classic Pinot Noir flavour.
If you Love Chardonnay…Try Riesling
German Riesling is often ignored because wine lovers consider it ‘too sweet’ but there are plenty of quality, flavourful dry Rieslings on the market. It is such a versatile wine and it has been dubbed the Sommelier’s Friend because of how often its recommended and how satisfying it is. Try this Weingut Letz EINS-ZWEI-DRY Rheingau Riesling to enjoy something different to your usual Chardonnay.
Trying new flavours and different wines gives you more scope for enjoying even more high quality wines. There is nothing wrong with having a favourite but you may discover a new one if you step outside your comfort zone.