Although quality wines are now being made all over the world, their prices, in many instances, have yet to catch up. In fact, some of these wines are so good they could be mistaken for much more expensive bottlings. (Even a real oenophile, tasting them blind, might be fooled.) Here are two ways to find them.
Obscure Regions Look for wines from lesser-known areas, such as Gascony or the Pyrenees in France, or California's Mendocino County. And keep an eye out for local surprises, toosuch as a white wine made in a region famous for red (e.g., Riesling from the Napa Valley).
Unfamiliar Grapes Most wine drinkers focus on a few famous grapes (Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay) and forget that there are many othersPinotage, Chenin Blanc and Colombard, to name just threethat can produce exciting wines too.