2016 is the Year for New World Wines. Here’s What to Buy!Smriti Saxena
Sorry, France and Italy. The weather gods have cast their lot with Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas this year.
So far, 2016 has been a very rough year for Europe’s vintners, so expect prices for the 2016 vintage of your favorite wines to go up, maybe way up. Right now your best bet is to hunt down French wines from the great 2015 and very good 2014 vintages (especially in Burgundy and Beaujolais) that are already on shelves.
But for 2016, here’s what you should pick:
- New Zealand : Craggy Range Te Muna Road (about $45) and Escarpment ($40);
- Australia: Giant Steps chardonnay ($40), Luke Lambert Nebbiolo ($70), and Mac Forbes pinot noir ($35);
- Chile : Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc San Antonio Valley ($25) and Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha pinot and chardonnay from Limari ($25 each);
- Argentina: Colome, at $12, 2015 Bodegas Chacra Cincuenta y Cinco pinot at $50.
- Canada: Norman Hardie Niagara chardonnay ($30)
- United States of America : Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Red Wine ($65), Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah ($60), under the wire ($56) and ultramarine ($100);