5 Obscure wines you need to try!

Everybody talks about Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Yes we love them, but there is so much more to the world of wine out there. There are amazing wineries working with amazing grapes that make amazing wines. Some of these wines may be a little obscure, some of them are even downright rare, but these wines really reward the keen wine drinker who seeks out a wine adventure. This is just a start, but here are 5 obscure wines you need to know, find, and drink as soon as you can!

Trousseau Gris

Trousseau Gris is a precious metal of a wine. You can find quite a bit of it in Europe but from what we could find, just one vineyard grows Trousseau Gris in the United States, and only a handful of winemakers can make it. This is a dry, crisp, refreshing wine with a beautiful aroma that hits you in the face. Trousseau Gris looks, tastes, and feels like you are drinking rose gold.


Carignan is not rare, but it has never gotten the props it deserves which makes it a pretty obscure wine. Old vine Carignans are nothing short of legendary making for some amazing wines. These wines can be deep, delicious, and yet mellow. Foodies will love matching this wine with anything they can throw at it. Carignan is the ultimate food lovers wine.


There really aren’t enough delicious light bodied red wines in this world. Valdiguie is that light bodied red wine that makes us think how lucky we are that genetic testing exists. We used to call it Napa Gamay, but learning about its true identity and cool name have made it a pretty hip wine. Valdiguie is an amazing light bodied wine, super refreshing and hits you right in your soul.


Always the bridesmaid never the bride. Counoise is an important part of many great Rhone style blends especially Chateauneuf du Pape. The grape has the ability to bring out the flavors in the rest of the blend, without adding too much to it so it has never been given prominence as a solo act. There are a few winemakers who are now working with single varietal Counoise and boy are they on to something. 

Pinot Blanc

You know Pinot Noir, and you sure as hell heard your mom and her friends talk all about Pinot Grigio, but have you heard of or tried Pinot Blanc? Pinot Blanc is another mutation of the Pinot Noir grape. This wine is nothing like its clone cousins, instead making for a super rich, full bodied white wine. We also love it when we can get some skin contact, Orange Wine like Pinot Bianco which is a funky tannic treat.