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Wine Alternatives (March 24, 2011)

There are times when you can't find the wine you like in your local store, or perhaps you're feeling adventuresome and would like to try something new, something in the same style and weight but from a region you've never explored before. Here are some alternatives to well-known wines within the same taste and weight range.

Whites

Dry
Chablis (Chardonnay grape)

Alternatives:
Abymes (Savoie)
Coteaux champenois (still champagne)
Muscadet (Loire)
Aligoté (Burgundy)
Cortese di Gavi (Italy)
Soave (Italy)
Northern Italian Chardonnay
Verdicchio (Italy)
Grüner Veltliner (Austria)
White Rioja (Spain)
White Penedes (Spain)
Weissburgunder (Germany)
Fendant (Switzerland)
New York/Ontario Chardonnay

Dry, Medium-Bodied
Mâcon-Villages (Chardonnay)

Alternatives:
Pinot Blanc (Alsace)
Sancerre (Loire)
Dry Vouvray (Loire)
Pinot Grigio (Italy)
Central European Chardonnay
Oregon Chardonnay
Washington Chardonnay
White Côtes du Rhône
Soave (Italy)
Corvo (Sicily)
Sauvignon Blanc (Chile)
Apelia (Greece)

Dry, Full-Bodied
Puligny-Montrachet (Chardonnay)

Alternatives:
Californian Chardonnay
Californian Sauvignon Blanc (Fumé Blanc)
Australian Chardonnay
New Zealand Chardonnay
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Gris (Alsace)
Pouilly-Fumé (Loire)
Condrieu (Rhône)
Viognier (California)

Medium-Dry, Medium-Bodied
Liebfraumilch (Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Riesling)

Alternatives:
Riesling (Germany, Austria)
Silvaner (Alsace)
Muscat (Alsace)
Müller-Thurgau (Germany)
Scheurebe (Germany)
Traminer (Northern Italy, Yugoslavia)
Gewürztraminer
Riesling (Australia)
Riesling (California)
Riesling (New Zealand)
Chenin Blanc (Australia)
Malvasia (Italy)
French Colombard (California)

 

Reds

Dry, Light-Bodied
Beaujolais (Gamay)

Alternatives:
Valpolicella (Italy)
Bardolino (Italy)
Grignolino (Italy)
Sarmento (Italy)
Chinon/Bourgueil (Loire)
Pinot Noir (Alsace)
Clairette (Languedoc)
most German reds
Swiss reds
Savoie reds
Jura reds
Gamay Beaujolais (California, Ontario)

Dry, Medium-Bodied
Red Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot)

Alternatives:
Bergerac
Californian Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage blends
Australian Cabernet Sauvignon
New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon
South African Cabernet Sauvignon
New York/Ontario Cabernets
Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon
Argentinean Cabernet Sauvignon
Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon
Camarate, Periquita (Portugal)
Italian Merlot
Argentinean Malbec

Dry, Medium-Bodied
Red Burgundy (Pinot Noir)

Alternatives:
Oregon Pinot Noir
Californian Pinot Noir
German Spätburgunder
Austrian Blauburgunder
Italian Pinot Nero
Hungarian Nagyburgundi
Chilean Pinot Noir
New Zealand Pinot Noir
South African Pinotage
Ontario Pinot Noir
Barbera (Italy, California)

Dry, Full-Bodied
Red Rhône (Syrah, Grenache)

Alternatives:
Zinfandel (California)
Petite Sirah (California)
Primitivo (Italy)
Barolo (Italy)
Amarone (Italy)
Castel del Monte (Italy)
Brunello di Montalcino (Italy)
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Italy)
Sicilian reds
Australian Shiraz
South African Roodeberg
Bull's Blood (Hungary)

 

 

 

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