Wine & Spirits

New Year's Resolutions

Break your old vine habits and try something new

Wine bottle being uncorked

People can get stuck in a rut with their wine choices. If you’re one of those “I only drink California cab” people, why not try something new this year? Cabernet from South America is the real deal and a good value. Make it your goal to break the old vine habits this year and try something new. This month’s selections are from Sorella Wine and Spirits, 1010 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-4040,

Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2009 (Chablis, France)
Grape: 100 percent chardonnay
Price: $24.99
• A chardonnay for those who need less butter and oak in their world, this one is clean and light with pear fruit. Try it with halibut or just on its own.

Domaine du Rin du Bois Touraine 2010 (Loire Valley, France)
Grape: 100 percent sauvignon blanc
Price: $11.99
• If you’ve had enough of the excess of grapefruit and pineapple in New Zealand sauvignon blancs, this is a poor man’s Sancerre and is truly awesome. Serve it with seafood.

Flying Fish Merlot 2009 (Columbia Valley, WA)
Grape: 100 percent merlot
Price: $14.99
• After that stupid movie ruined merlot for some of you, it hasn’t been properly respected. It’s better young than cab and is often a price point lower. Pair with a rib eye or a burger.

J. P. Brun Moulin A Vent 2009 (Beaujolais, France)
Grape: 100 percent gamay
Price: $23.99
• This comes from the southern part of Burgundy and one of the 10 Cru villages that produce the best gamay. Rich and full of fruit, these wines often get overlooked for pinot noir.