Now that we’re well into the new year, we’ve either turned our resolutions into habits or scoffed at them entirely. I’m a healthy mix of both. If there’s one resolution you can easily carry through the entire year, however, it’s ferreting out new wine regions each month.
Not sure where to begin? Ambassadors of The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) have happily volunteered to be our guides.
Big Bold Reds
Chelsea Petras of Chel Loves Wine & WSET 50th Anniversary Ambassador: “This year I’m really excited to see what wines are coming from the Uco Valley and Lujan de Cuyo in Argentina. Argentina is known for their Malbecs, which happen to be one of my favorite wines. However, this region has more varietals than many people think. They also have Syrah, Bonarda and Torrontes coming from the region which make really bold and fun wines.”
High Acid and Well-Balanced
Kelly Mitchell of The Wine Siren & WSET 50th Anniversary Ambassador: “WSET Level 3 Award in Wines got me really excited to taste and adventure further into New Zealand. Through our class tastings, I learned that this is one of the most exciting New World winemaking regions. In Central Otago, Hawkes Bay, and Marlborough, they are able to do such compelling wine growing. I love that the wines are high acid while still being balanced and well-structured. They deliver!”
Dry and High in Minerality
Alessandra Esteves, Director of Wine Education at the Florida Wine Academy and DipWSET: “In 2019, I want to explore more the Rieslings GG wines. GG stands for your Grosses Gewachs, a grand cru from Germany. GG wines are always dry, they express the characteristics of the place, and they are usually very high in quality and very mineral. I am always excited to share this knowledge with my WSET Level 3 students.”
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) teaches students about the major wine regions in its one-day entry level course, Level 1 Award in Wines. By the time a student reaches the Level 3 Award in Wines course, they are learning about under-the-radar regions that many people haven’t heard of. For the new year, three WSET-educated wine experts explain what regions and wines they are looking forward to exploring and learning more about.