When I think about travel and fashion, there are two places that jump to the top of my head—Italy and France. Luckily, they make some of the best wines in the world to back up their reputation.
From Italy, try a Langhe Rosso like the one from Luigi Giordano. The Langhe region makes some of the highest quality wines in the world from a grape called nebbiolo. The region encompasses Barolo and Barbaresco, which some of the best wines in the world call home. This wine is sturdy, elegant and at a price you cannot beat. It is a great introduction to some of the most fashionable wines in the world.
After your jaunt to Italy, how about a stop in southern France? This region is the hottest new value in French wine. Try Château de Ciffre, a grenache/syrah blend from the Saint-Chinian region. Smooth and balanced, this wine seems like it stepped out of a french bistro and said, “Here I am! Drink me!” Impress your family and friends with this gorgeous red.
Christian Nesheim is the owner of Vinifera Wines and Ales. Find more at viniferawinesandales.com.