Your Wine Personality Is: The Trendsetter
You always have your finger on the pulse of everything that's fresh, new, and hot...
whether it's emerging designers, the coolest new bands, up-and-coming artists and cutting-edge travel destinations. Adventure and exploration are your calling cards, boundary-pushing ladies like Sofia Coppola and St Vincent are your icons. Your friends look to you to know about the 'next big thing'- because you are always ahead of the curve without even really trying. You just have a natural curiosity about you that is always trailblazing the newest discoveries.
You wine style is eclectic and you rarely drink the same bottle twice. You love to explore wines from emerging regions and avant-garde styles.
We have 10 totally customized, sommelier-curated, cutting-edge wine recommendations just for you trendsetters and tastemakers (ps- click the links to shop!):
Sparkling Wine: Domaine Huet Petillant Vouvray 2010, $29.99
Sparkling Vouvray you say? Mais oui! Vouvray is an appellation in France's Loire Valley, where the wines are made from the Chenin Blanc grape. This bottle is floral and fruity on the nose, but very dry and earthy on the palate, finishing with a slight nuttiness. The creamy texture and fine bubbles make this wine an adventurous alternative to champagne.
Light-Bodied White Wine: Granbazán, Rías Baixas Albariño Etiqueta Verde, $19.99
Albariño is a white grape from Galicia, Spain, with notes of fresh fruit, citrus, floral aromas, pear and green apples. Bright, Highly aromatic and nicely balanced, with an elegant, dry and slightly salty finish.
Full-Bodied White Wine: Ciro Picariello Fiano di Avellino 2016, $23.99
This wine made from the Fiano grape is indigenous to Campania in Southern Italy, sourced from vineyards around the winery in Summonte as well as in Montefredane in the province of Avellino. The wine shows typical Fiano flavors, with notes of hay, white flowers, and flint. Powerful and mineral.
Aromatic White Wine: Kiralyudvar Tokaji Sec Furmint 2014, $23.99
Pronounced Toe-KYE, this biodynamically farmed, hand harvested wine from the Tokaj appellation of northern Hungary is an edgy blend of 85% Furmint and 15% Hárslevelu. Known for their glorious sweet wines, Királyudvar practices organic viticulture in this innovative dry wine that balances viscous intensity and bright acidity with lots of rich stone fruit notes and a crisp finish.
An adventurous blend of: 50% Hondarrabi Zuri and 50% Hondarrabi Beltza, this wine combines candied red fruits with a lime infused edge for a wildly intriguing rosé. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and bottled with residual carbonic acid that gives the wine its natural spritz.
Orange Wine: Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli 2015, $16.99
The 2015 vintage of this wine made from the Rkatsiteli grape only has one month of skin contact, making it softer, less tannic and smoky than previous vintages that had a longer maceration period. Aged in qvevri, it's round, savory, and complex. Serve this one at cellar temperature.
Light-Bodied Red Wine: Jean-Marc Burgaud Cote Du Py Morgon 2016, $19.97
This Cote du Py Morgon, made from the Gamay grape in Beaujolais, France, is bright, pure, and intense with black cherry and mulberry fruit and dry tannins. Chill is for a great summertime red!
Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Macari Cabernet Franc 2013, $34.99
The 2013 Cabernet Franc is bursting with notes of strawberry, cherry, and fresh herbs. With a lively freshness of red fruits on the palate, this wine is medium bodied, has layers of flavors, and a long, persistent finish; made from 100% estate fruit from the Macari family farm in New York’s Mattituck, Long Island.
Full-Bodied Red Wine: El Enemigo Bonarda 2013, $24.99
This Argentinian wine from the Bonarda grape has intense aromas of ripe black fruit, blackberries, raspberries, black cherries, chocolate and liquor, with some spicy notes of fresh herbs. On the palate there's a sweet impact with silky tannins and aromas of ripe black and red fruits with notes of licorice and vanilla. Its natural acidity is refreshing. With concentration and complexity, the finish is long and persistent.
Dessert Wine: Far Niente Dolce Late Harvest White 2011, $49
This Dolce has gorgeous fruit , butterscotch, floral notes and more, all beautifully balanced by perfect acidity. It pairs amazingly well with blue, goat and salty cheeses, nuts and nut desserts, fruit desserts, foie gras (much like its friend Sauternes) and custard dishes.
About Your Sommelier...
Before we go any further, let me introduce myself: I'm Sarah, the founder of The Lush Life, and I'm a sommelier, wine educator, and event consultant based in Brooklyn. I’m almost always in the mood for Beyoncé and almost always in the mood for Champagne. I believe that opening a bottle of wine is the cheapest and quickest way to travel the world without leaving your sofa, and that life is way too short not to drink wines that you absolutely love!
If you ever wished you had a cool sommelier friend to help you navigate the complex world of wine, you’re in the right place.
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