Whether you are looking for an everyday staple or a special treat, Underground Cellar has the perfect wine waiting for you. Then again, with over 100 rare wines added to our inventory every week, maybe you just need some help finding it. With so many choices available in the world of wine, it can be challenging to know which regions are producing the best wines, who are the top winemakers of all time, what grapes are in your favorite bottle, or even if it will taste good with your meal.
This guide is designed to help you understand some of the main types of wines that Underground Cellar offers and give you some helpful hints and tips on purchasing and enjoying your next favorite bottle.
Red Wines: Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon – Pinot Noir
Merlot is a classic red wine grape known for its soft, fruity flavors. While it can produce an excellent glass of wine on its own, it is usually blended with other grapes to create a more complex flavor. One of the most common partners for Merlot is Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds earthy notes to the mix. When you are ready to try your first glass of Merlot, look for something from France or California.
Cabernet Sauvignon is found in a huge variety of wines, from California to Australia. It is a favorite for winemakers because it can pair well with many different types of food and has a bold flavor that stands up to most other reds without overpowering them. Some of the best Cabernets originate in regions such as Bordeaux, France, Napa Valley, California, and Sonoma County in California.
Pinot Noir is a fairly new grape to the world of wine, but it has quickly made an impression. The wines are known for being light-bodied, with flavors ranging from raspberry to chocolate to spice. While some really solid Pinots are out there, they can be difficult to identify because of their lighter flavors. If you want a taste of the grape, look for a Pinot from Burgundy, France.
White Wine: Sauvignon Blanc – Chardonnay – Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most widely produced varieties of white wine in the world today. The crisp flavors make it an excellent pairing for everything from salads to seafood. However, while this varietal can be perfectly paired with soft cheeses or even spicy foods, it is probably best enjoyed on its own. This grape hails from the Southern Hemisphere, but there are options available around the world.
Chardonnay is one of the most widely produced white wines in the world. We love it for its rich, full flavors that pair well with everything from vegetables to shellfish. Chardonnay hails predominantly from France and California, but there are great options available all over the world.
Riesling is a white grape that hails from Germany. However, these days you can find Rieslings from Austria and Australia as well. This grape is known for its ability to pair with food, even spicy foods that would overwhelm other wines. It also has a high acidity level that gives it a pleasant tangy taste that we love.