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The signature grape of South Africa, Pinotage is unlike any red wine you've tasted. While you might expect it to taste like Pinot Noir, Pinotage is a dark skinned grape with great, big tannins. This super earthy wine with notes of leather, plum, and tobacco, is a great alternative for people who love big, bold wines. Try Warwick Old Bush Vines Pinotage 2014 or Major's Hill Wine Estate Pinotage 2014.
A red wine for rosé lovers, Blaufränkisch is a light-bodied Austrian wine that deserves way more time in the spotlight. Like Pinot Noir, it's a versatile grape that goes with anything from salmon to chicken. And the best part: A delicious bottle will run you about $15. Try Krutzler Blaufränkisch 2014 or J. Heinrich Blaufränkisch 2015.
Sicily's most important grape, Nero d'Avola is an underrated Italian wine that won't break the bank. This full-bodied wine with high tannins and acidity is the perfect bottle to accompany a cozy fall dinner. Try Principi Di Butera Nero d'Avola 2012 or Calea Nero d'Avola 2013.
A perfect winter white, this wine from Alsace is one of the best values around. This aromatic wine is often compared to Moscato, but more sophisticated. It can be sweet or off-dry, but it's full bodied and bursting with flavors of lychee, grapefruit and rose. Keep Gewurztraminer in mind as a perfect pairing with spicy Asian food or Middle Eastern cuisine. Try Quails' Gate Gewürztraminer Okanagan Valley 2016 or P. J. Valckenberg Gewürztraminer Pfalz 2016.
There's more to Spanish wine than Rioja. Mencía is a lesser known, great value wine from Bierzo. If you like red wines like Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, you'll look Mencía's spicy bouquet full of dark berries and earth. Try Martín Códax Cuatro Pasos 2013 or Bodegas Godelia Mencía 2015.
Not quite ready to let summer (and peak white wine season) to come to an end? This bone dry, citrusy, and acidic white wine from the Greek Island of Santorini will transport you to sunnier days. Try Estate Argryos Santorini Assyrtiko 2016 or Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini 2016.