Skip Chardonnay and Cabernet in Favor of These Underappreciated Wines

Skip Chardonnay and Cabernet in Favor of These Underappreciated Wines

By Courtney Walsh, West Coast Editor

With over ten thousand wine grapes in the world, it is quite a shame that many restaurants include only a handful of varieties on their wine lists. With the modern diner taking more and more risks in their dining choices, perhaps it is finally time for restaurant operators to allow customers to step outside their comfort zone by featuring some unfamiliar options. 

Here is our list of some of the most underappreciated wines that would make stellar additions to any wine list. 

Chenin Blanc

Why people don’t drink more Chenin is one of life’s greatest mysteries. Oregon’s Division winemaker Kate Monroe sums up the magic of Chenin Blanc best “It’s as if Chardonnay and Riesling had this beautiful little baby and called it Chenin.” For fans of either variety, Chenin Blanc offers much to please. A round, creamy mid-palate weight, Chenin Blanc can be vinified in a variety of levels of dryness making it an incredibly versatile offering. 

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