By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor
One of the things I've enjoyed most about Wine Blogging Wednesday over the years is how it forces participants to drink outside their comfort zone.
I obviously taste and drink a lot of New York wines. It's great having a blog-related reason to drink something else.
Enter Wine Blogging Wednesday and this month's host, Tim Elliot of Winecast.
From his post announcing the theme:
The theme for WBW 71 is, “Rhones Not From The Rhône.” Pick any wine made from a variety best known in The Rhône but not made in that famous French region. It doesn’t matter if the wine is white, pink or red; still, sparkling or fortified. Whatever you choose just needs to be made from primarily a Rhone grape and come from a region not in France. This opens up a lot of possibilities. Want to stay Old World? Check out Spain where Mourvèdre goes by the local name Monastrell. New World more your bag? Pick up a Roussanne, Marsanne or a blend from California or Australia. I even hear they are making some pretty decent Viognier in Virginia these days so finding a wine should be pretty easy wherever you call home.
If you need some inspiration, just check out this link for all the varieties I’m talking about. Although your choice is totally up to you, I encourage you to look outside the familiar Syrah and Grenache and try something new.
I hope you're join us next week for WBW71. And yeah, I could drink a New York wine for this, but I'm not going to. We'll see where I end up.