It is pretty easy to get into a rut when it comes to wine. Most of it isn’t cheap, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have much recourse to change it. So while it can be tempting to just buy the same bottle of the same tried and true Malbec or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc you keep gravitating towards, sometimes there is great joy in finding a hidden gem and loving it!


Wine writer, Tom Firth, was recently staring at a large assortment of wine scattered around his desk and said two things.

First, “damn, I have too much wine around my desk,” and second, “there are some real oddballs here, too.”


Here Are A Few Oddball Wines from Off the Beaten Path


Chayee Bourras 2011 Bonarda Reserva

Mendoza, Argentina

Salton Paradoxo 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Serra Gaúcha, Brazil

Foradori 2012

Trentino-Alto Adige / Südtirol, Italy

Great Northern Vineyards 2013 Zinfandel

Okanagan Valley, Canada

Cedrus 2014 Malbec

Cahors, France

The Grinder 2013 Pinotage

Paarl, South Africa


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