If there’s ever a year to adventure and discover more of the wonderful world of wine, it’s 2017! Learning about and tasting more wine should definitely go under that “personal growth for the New Year” category.

 

Here are a few cool, different and unsung wines to try this year:

 

Torre Di Beati Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, 2014

This deep reddish-pink winter rosé is packed with juicy red-cherry flavors, and is almost like a red wine. This full bodied wine goes with just about everything. Perfect for when you have a group of friends who are ordering different meals at a restaurant.

 

Infinite Monkey Theorem Cabernet Franc Grand Valley Colorado, 2012

One might expect to be experiencing lots of green pepper tastes from this wine, but oh are they be wrong! This red, best known as a blending grape in Bordeaux wines, interacts nicely on the palate with hints of cherry and spice, is medium bodied and soft on tannins. This is a wine that goes well with a wide range of food.

 

Casa Ferreirinha Planalto Reserva Douro White, 2015

This light, citrusy everyday Portuguese white is made from seven grape varieties: viosinho, malvasia fina, gouveio, codega, arinto, rabigato, and moscatel. Want more? This wine is best paired with spicy, sour or salty food during your dinner meals. One should usually compliment sweeter wines with opposite flavors. Aside from the just mentioned, you can try this wine with light meats or meals with sweet sauces.

 

Edmunds St. John El Dorado County Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir, 2014

This light red, super-fresh and spicy wine is positively gulpable. A must for 2017. And if you’re thinking, “oh.. spicy?” Don’t worry. Many wines have at least a little bit of a spicy component including specific notes like pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, anise, mint, ginger or cardamom.

 

Monastrell - Honoro Vera Monastrell, 2013

A bottle you can easily experiment with, and the juicy blackberry notes on the palate won’t leave you disappointed. This wine is fermented in stainless and receives no oak aging which gives it a robust, lush freshness that will please almost any crowd. Give this one a chance to please your palate by pairing it with more dry cheeses, or really go for it and pair it with more heavy yet dull meats. Let your taste buds go on a ride! The best way to tackle it is by trying it. You never know how you might surprise yourself with an exotic new combination.