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Wine Focus - Offbeat whites

As a charter member of The Wine Century Club, I get a good-size chunk of my wine-tasting pleasure from discovering and tasting wines made from unusual grapes and grown in unexpected places.

I'm not such a hard-core varietal geek that I'll ever reject a good Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or what-have-you. But there's something particularly enjoyable about tasting a wine made from grapes that hardly anybody ever heard of, and in the process offering your nose, your taste buds and even your mind a happy change of pace.

If you join me in this quest for the wine roads less traveled, remembering that "offbeat" literally means "off the beaten path," then I think you'll enjoy this month's feature - Offbeat Whites - in Wine Focus in our WineLovers Discussion Groups.

The field of white grapes is wide-open to participants, and "offbeat" is left to your own definition. It's assumed that we'll reach beyond the most popular varieties, but if someone comes up with notes on, say, a late-harvest, botrytized Chardonnay, I doubt that any of us will challenge that.

I started off the month with a Grillo, a relatively unfamiliar white grape from Sicily that, at least at my local wine shop, also qualifies as a first-rate recession-buster. At a mere $7.99, Arancio 2007 Sicilia Grillo offers a real mouth full of value, perhaps one of the most interesting and well-structured single-digit wines I've opened so far this year.

I hope you'll join us in Wine Focus this month, posting online your tasting reports, comments and questions about your favorite little-known whites. You'll find Wine Focus in our WineLovers Discussion Groups at this link:
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Today's Tasting Report

Arancio 2007 Sicilia Grillo ($7.99)Arancio Grillo

Ripe tropical-fruit flavors, mango and papaya, emerge as soon as the slick, flesh-colored plastic "cork" is pulled. Pale gold in color, tropical fruit and subtle floral scents add a whiff of chalk. Bright and juicy fruit carries over on the palate with lip-smacking acidity. An attractive hint of peach-pit bitterness joins tart white fruit in a very long finish. Balanced and complex, a truly remarkable value at this recession-buster price. U.S. importer: Prestige Wine Imports, NYC. (July 1, 2009)

FOOD MATCH: Good with pork or seafood and not a bad choice with spicy fare, it was a very good match indeed Fiedler Farm bratwurst made from naturally produced Indiana pork, served on seeded rye with Zatarain's New Orleans mustard.

FIND THIS WINE ONLINE:
Check prices and find vendors for Arancio Grillo on Wine-Searcher.com:
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