Wine: New discoveries
It’s always fun to share wine from an unlikely place—“especially when the wine is good,” said Michael Austin in the Chicago Tribune. If you’re in that kind of mood, look first to places that neighbor well-known wine countries or regions. A satisfying bottle from Idaho or Uruguay “will do more for your special occasion than any humdrum wine from California ever could.”
2014 Lidio Carraro Agnus Merlot($12). The complex flavors of plum, smoke, and chocolate in this wine should alert you that Brazil’s merlots are underrated.
2013 Colter’s Creek Koos-Koos-Kia Red ($22). Credit Idaho with this one, a “delightful” Bordeauxstyle blend “full of ripe plum, baking spices, and vanilla.”
2012 Golan Heights Winery Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon ($32). Grapes grown in northern Israel produce a cab with “grippy” tannins and “notes of blackberry, herbs, anise, and mint.”