It's been a great couple of weeks for trying new wines... My comfort zone has always been American, S. American, Austrailia/NZ - nothing wrong with those regions IMO, but I admit I've been kind of intimidated by the wines of Europe (okay other than Spain, I could make my way around those). I mean, those labels! Not so helpful if you don't know what you're looking for and don't speak the language (French, Italian, German, etc.).
Since I have seen so many posters rec Gruner V. I thought I'd give that a whirl first. Had some reservations about anything coming from Germany/Austria/Alsace based on memories of sickeningly sweet late harvest reislings I've been forced to drink at non-wino friends' houses. I was pleasantly surpised by the GV, and it's now on my regular rotation! Nice complexity and the minerality was more pronounced for me than, say, a NZ Sav Blanc (which I have found to be more citrusy).
Then I said, okay, let's try some lesser known Italian whites... Just say no to PG!! Several posters here made great suggestions and - although I literally had to take a post it note with me to the wine shop - I found two brand new varietals that I really liked and were under $15. So now I've got a feel for Soave Classico and Vernaccia (don't ask me to recall the Italian vineyard!) - again, I was surprised by the complexity of these whites and they completely erased the idea of thin, watery PG out of my head! Good call, can't wait to try the rest.
Throw in a Louis Latour ardeche vin d pays ("duet"), which was pretty decent but honeslty not my favorite - and I have a lot more confidence when looking for new wines! Oh, and I am not a white-only drinker - just found it easier to try some new things when staying in the same vein.
Cheers to expanding horizons!
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