Who's up for a month's-worth of wine lent? From 9/13 to 10/13 I challenge all you pious wine lovers out there to abstain from:
Still with me? Great. By 'abstain from' I mean any of the varietals listed above cannot comprise more than 50% of your selected wine. So, for example, you could drink a Rhone blend from California that contained 30% Carignane, 25% Mourvedre and 45% Zin and Syrah. However, a white with 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon would be right out (sinner!).
The point of this little exercise is to expose ourselves to as many lesser-known wines as possible. If you're down with me, drop a comment and keep us all informed as to what you discover over the course of the month. I'm looking forward to surprising discoveries!
[update] A few grape varietals to seek out during your lenting
- Carbernet Franc
- Pinot Meunier
- Pinot Blanc
- Pedro Ximenez (it can be found as a dry white!)
- & many, many, more