Are you the type who always asks for a glass of Riesling at a party or the bar? There's nothing wrong with Riesling. It's a completely approachable, easygoing wine that's sweet, but not too sweet. However, a lot of Riesling drinkers end up getting stuck on that variety for some reason, never feeling confident enough to explore other wine varietals that may also like. If you're a dedicated Riesling drinker, a bold red like Malbec is probably not for you, but here are four other wine varieties that you should definitely try — and just might find you like.
If you can manage to pronounce the name, ask for a Gewurztraminer the next time you are in a wine bar. This is a German wine variety, and it has a similarly balanced, sweet taste to that of Riesling. It is slightly less acidic than Riesling, so it may be better paired with fruit or crackers than with cheese. Make sure you inhale its scent before sipping the wine; that is part of the experience.
If you don't mind tart flavors, try a glass of Pinot Gris. A Pinot Gris from California will generally be less tart than one from France. Pinot Gris is not as sweet as Riesling, but it's not really dry, either. Its tartness really tantalizes the palate without being overwhelming. Pair the wine with cheese or maybe some cured meats — but not with fruit. The sweetness of fruit will take away from the wine's more subtle notes.
For Riesling drinkers who always err on the sweeter side, there's Moscato, a very sweet wine that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. It's a great choice for outdoor barbecues and backyard parties, and it is a nice accompaniment to salty foods like Asian cuisine and French fries. Moscato is a very approachable wine, and it's hard to imagine anyone who would not like it — although more than a glass or two may be overwhelming if you don't have a sweet tooth.
If you are a Riesling drinker who really wants to start venturing into dryer wines, Chardonnay is a good first step in that direction. It is not a sweet white wine, but it is a very mild one that won't shock your palate. Its smooth, buttery flavors pair well with most anything, but especially chicken or cheesy pasta dishes. You may not love your first sip, but drink a few glasses, and it will definitely grow on you.
Look for wine for sale near you to start trying new types.