For those looking for inspiration when buying wine, the Wine Guide 2020 is a handy style guide to find what you love.
This year we pay tribute to the classics.
Discover which varieties and regions are known for their excellent quality and a few more examples to get you started.
2020 Wine buyer’s guide
- Bold red wines
- Elegant red wines
- Pink wines
- Rich white wines
- Crispy white wines
Bold red wines
Strong and rich red wines with a taste of ripe fruit.
Full-bodied red wines seem to make everyone happy. For this category we limited our search to the most daring grape varieties and to regions with a warmer climate.
Shiraz from South Australia
These wines are among the richest and bravest to be found in Syrah. Beautiful samples from the McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley are opaque in appearance, with fleshy, smoky aromas supported by licorice like blackberries and plums.
North Coast Cabernet Mixing, CA
The coverage of all those bold and luxurious blue and red fruits – a dusty quality. This phenomenon is often attributed to the volcanic soil of the region. Napa Valley and the warmer parts of Sonoma deliver the goods.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape and other mixtures of M.S.S.
The secret of these wines is the dominance of Grenacci. He launches these rich raspberry scents over fragrant lavender, sage and the land called scorched earth by critics. These wines can be found throughout the South of France, but Châteauneuf-du-Pape is still the showpiece of the crown.
Italian red wine blends (also known as Super Tuscany)
France is the homeland of Cabernet and Merlot. In Tuscany (and neighbouring Lazio), on the other hand, there are more spicy and leathery flavours. The Bolsheri sub-region has reached its peak, but the Tuscan Maremma and Lazio offer great values.
Tempranillo de Ribera del Duero and Toro
After La Rioja there are two other regions of Tempranillo in Spain where you will lose your coat: Ribera del Duero and Toro. The intensity of the sun here leads to much darker blackberry tones, in addition to the generous chocolate oak.
Mixtures of Merlot from the right bank of Bordeaux
While many amateurs first turn to the left bank of the Cabernet, it is the Merlot-Cabernet Franc, a mixture of the regions of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion, which quietly steals the spectacle.
Malbec de Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza
Mendoza itself is a huge place. So, if you are looking for a rich guide on Blueberry Malbec, you should refine your search around Luján de Cuyo (including vineyards in the Agrelo, Lunununta, Vistalba, Las Compuertas, Ugarteche and Perdriel regions). If you’re interested in the old car hunt, the years 2016 and 2018 were great, and 2017 was a bit like a mower with less acid.
Old Californian Zinfandel Vine
Before the ban (when the vines were raised) Zinfandel was the most planted grape. As a result, the ancient vines that survived produce some of the most spectacular sense known to mankind.
Elegant red wines
Slim and complex red wines with a fascinating texture and minerality.
Pinot Noir de Bourgogne, France
Cherries, hibiscus and small clouds of aromatic mushrooms flow from a good glass of Burgundy. This wine teaches us that thinning is strong. And since there are many sub-regions, it is necessary to investigate and identify some young vintages that are worthwhile and to look for the products that produce small and medium sized products.
If you ask your mother, she will tell you nostalgically that the great Nebbiolo is made of cherries, roses and tar. Nobody ever thought tar was a good smell. But that’s because they never had a good Barolo. To give you some options, Piedmont produces more Nebbiolo than Barolo.
Australian and New Zealand Pinot Noir
It’s time to take a bath in Pinot Noir from Australia and New Zealand. In Australia the old Ol’Bourg ran for her money in Geelong and Yarra Valley in Victoria. In addition, a growing number of producers in Central Otago, New Zealand, are engaged in whole forest fermentation. It gives these Pinot Noir wines more tannin.
Medium Loire Valley Cabernet Frank
Champion of the red Loire for wines with aromas other than fruit. These wines determine the terroir and are framed by high acidity. But for those of us who’ve had a lot of fruit bombs, it’s the sauce we like. Keep the bottle for 10 years, and if it doesn’t make you cry when you open it, you probably won’t have any tear ducts.
Sangiovese of Chianti Classico and Montalcino, Italy
The problem with Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino is that half of the winegrowers use new oak, while the other half follow the old road with very little oak. That’s why many North Americans love oak (you can’t help it!). So the next time you market a real Italian Sangiovese, you’ll find a producer who lets the grapes speak for themselves. Believe me, he’s got something to say.
Nerello Mascaralesis of Mount Etna, Sicily
Any expert who reads this can easily dispute that Nerello Mascalese is not classic and absolutely correct. Yet this grape is popular in all restaurants (even Action Bronson loves it). This also deserves your attention. After all: It grows on a living volcano.
The regions and varieties that produce the best roses in the world.
The best wines of Provence try to add a piece of Rollet (also called Vermentino) to complete the blend. It’s a secret. Another possibility is to explore the rare grape varieties from the region (e.g. Tibouren), of which a rose adapted to the age is made (if you manage not to drink it, which is normally impossible).
Rose de Corse
The fact that nobody talks about the Corsican rose doesn’t mean it’s not a classic. He just doesn’t have a PR team. The grapes grown here include names that are difficult to pronounce such as Nieluccio and Chacarello, as well as popular rose varieties such as Grenache and Vermentino. These wines will not disappoint you.
The humblest and driest of all, this wine comes from the San Sebastian region, where we grow an extremely rare little brother, Cabernet Sauvignon called Chondarribie Beltza. Expect unsuccessful fragrances, green floral notes and sometimes sparkling carbon dioxide.
Rich white wines
Strong white wines, accentuated by the aging on oak.
Cooler and Coast Chardonnay
Chardonnay grows everywhere. However, this does not mean that it grows well everywhere. Look for areas with awnings. Coastal areas such as the coastal valleys of Chile and California, for example, get morning clouds. There are also cool places in New Zealand and Oregon that consistently produce first class Chardonnay.
White Burgundy (a.k.a. Pinot Blanc)
A wide range of Chardonnay is produced in Burgundy. So if you want to find the best oaks, start your search in the Côte de Bon sub-region. As prices generally start to rise, you can increase your chances by choosing a decent vintage recently (which was a lot!).
Rioja Blanco with Viura
Outside Chardonnay, it is difficult to find a style of white wine that allows the oak to mature consistently. However, this is necessary for the classification of La Rioja. Over the years the faith becomes richer and more colourful and gets those delicious nutty scents.
Arinto of Portugal
Arinto is a large white grape in Portugal, so it has many facets. If you are looking for intensity, you should dig in Dow, Bayrad and Lisbon (including Bootselas-Bootsallus), where the producers like to ripen the oak tree. Expect honey, beeswax, smoke and structured bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mixture of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc
The herbal aromas of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon produce oily and spicy wines with the addition of oak. White Bordeaux is a source of inspiration for this style, but be aware that regions that produce great Cabernet often specialize in this incredible blend of white grapes.
Crispy white wines
Delicious, full-bodied white wines, with and without your radar.
White Italian wines
Drink in 20 major Italian regions and you’ll discover a unique and vibrant white colour everywhere! The only thing that unites these wines is the Italian love of bitterness. The wines often give spicy and crisp tones (almost like celery or green almonds) in the back of the palate. These are incredible wines to accompany your meal.
Sauvignon Blanc Chiller and Coast
The Sauvignon Blanc has a much more spicy and fruity character, which comes from a cool climate. New Zealand is the obvious choice. But don’t forget to stop in Chile and Austria, where you will find delicious surprises.
Albarinho de Rias Baixas Spain
The secret to finding your albarinho is knowing in which subregion of the Rias Baixas it grows. In the coastal areas of Val do Salnés or O Rosal, for example, much finer and salty wines are produced. At the same time, interior spaces such as the tea condo get more sun (and more clay in the soil) and enrich the peach and beeswax.
Grüner Veltliner from Austria
Japanese windows, green Thai curry or fresh Vietnamese sandwiches – Grüner Veltliner is your friend. The cheapest examples are usually thin and green. But for a few bucks, you can immerse yourself in the richer flavors of ice fishing.
Chenin Blanc of South Africa
South Africans do everything with this grape. It produces incredible cognacs, epic dessert wines under the Constantia brand, serious sparkling wines under the Cap Classique brand and a range of still wines. It’s amazing that even valuable wines are delicious.
Make your own wine buyer’s guide for 2020 Wine
You are not obliged to follow these guidelines for wine purchases before 2020.
Rather, we need to broaden the taste and at the same time improve the taste experience. Create your own list of 34 wines selected from the open and highly qualified wine tasting competition.
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