Some wine fashions can last a very long time--red Bordeaux has been stylish for almost 300 years. Some can be as fleeting as last season's hemline. Remember when white wine spritzers were big, before giving way to $10 Chardonnays, which later gave ground to anything labeled Merlot, which is about to cede its position to Syrah/Shiraz? If you think of fashion as being equal parts timeless style and fresh discovery, then wine is your drink. The tens of thousands of different wines that are bottled each year mean there is always something new to taste, something likely to catch on--hopefully for all the right reasons.
Perennially Stylish Certain wine regions, such as Bordeaux, Champagne and Tuscany, turn out top-quality wines that remain fashionable year after year.
Future Fashions Once-obscure wine regions (Italy's Campania, Spain's Priorato) are producing gorgeous new bottlings that are certain to be tomorrow's most fashionable wines. These include reds and whites from regions such as Galicia and Rueda in Spain, as well as from southern Italy. Reds from Chile and Argentina also look promising, while in France, Rhône reds, like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, are among that country's most sought-after "new classics." The following selections include perennial classics as well as tomorrow's top bargain bottles.