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12 Reasons to Look Beyond the Usual Wine Selections

It’s entirely possible to go through life eating nothing but the most familiar foods, reading books by the customary best-selling authors or listening to a stock set of composers. Taking great pleasure in the same things over and over is not a bad thing.

Similarly, many people are content to drink only well-known wines…here are a dozen obscure grapes that are the foundation of some wonderful wines and will reward intrepid explorers.

FURMINT, not to be confused with fumin, is the great white grape of Hungary. It’s a crucial constituent in the lavish sweet wine Tokaji aszu, and increasingly is being used in distinctive dry wines with rich textures and complex floral aromas. Look for producers like Kiralyudvar, Royal Tokaji, Dobogo, Oremus and Disznoko.

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Eric Asimov, July 12, 2010
12 Reasons to Look Beyond the Usual Wine Selections