Red, White, and Brewed: Try Less Popular Wines and Beer Styles This Month

Good year. Many are extremely happy that 2020 is over. As always, I’m cautious of what to expect. At the same time, I always approach things with positivity. Hope to see a lot more from everyone this year.

Let’s make it a time to remember, be kind to each other, and taste some great wines and beers throughout this one. And this year that could include less popular styles as well: here I’ll be talking about varietals and a style of beer that could become your new favorites.

These wines share less common grape varieties at an affordable price, under $ 20 each.
Val Goranov

Red wine

This is sure to give you warmth and comfort, and not just thanks to its 14.8% alcohol content. Pedroncelli’s Mother Clone Zinfandel comes from vines that are 40 to 110 years old. It speaks of quality there. The result is plump and rich, with flavors of jammy berries and a touch of smoke and spice. An amazing wine from Dry Creek Valley with round tannins and a long finish. It will go very well with a dish of red meat, but I strongly advise you to have a drink alone to really appreciate it. It costs $ 18.99 at Alpine Wine & Spirits.

White wine

Few people know about the white wines of Tuscany in Italy. The main grape varieties are Vernaccia, Vermentino and Trebbiano. The latter is our goal today. It is one of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world. It is known as Ugni Blanc in France, where it is used in the production of Cognac. In Felsina’s Pepestrino, Trebbiano is mixed with some Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The result is a wine with a pale yellow color, fresh and floral on the palate, with a creamy texture and a soft and slightly fruity finish. An easy drinker for sure. It is currently $ 13.99 at Alpine.


Winter Warlock is a smooth oatmeal stout, perfect for enjoying the season this winter.
Val Goranov

If you know me or just read my reviews, you know that I am a big admirer of dark beers. Hence my pick today: Bristol Brewing’s Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout. The brewery is located in Colorado Springs and makes a wide variety of styles of beer. But this one is perfect for those cold January days and evenings. Winter Warlock is soft, rich and very comforting. “A winter elixir”, as they describe it. Arriving at 6% ABV, that will be the best part of your day. The only downside is that it is a seasonal beer. So come and get a 6-bottle pack to try it out, if you haven’t already. For the entire month of January, it’s on sale for $ 7.99.

Val Goranov is the manager of the Alpine Wine & Spirits store. Contact the store at [email protected] or 970-479-8116.