Wine Spectator's James Molesworth's picks encompass a handful of under-the-radar regions in the Old World, and showcase a diverse range of red, white and dessert styles. While the oxidized taste of Jura whites may strike some as jarring, the wines of André and Mireille Tissot stand out for their freshness, purity and dedication to tradition. Valdespino, meanwhile, makes a great entry point to Sherry, the bracing Spanish fortified wine currently in the midst of a popular resurgence in the United States. Finally, in the Ventoux region of the Southern Rhône, Chêne Bleu is setting a lofty bar. The wines capture the rich, mouthfilling feel of other reds from the area, but feature extra cut and freshness that sets them apart. Drinking them is like feeling the warmth of the sun while being cooled by a steady breeze.
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|2014 Editors' Picks: Off the Beaten Path|
|Oregon Chardonnay, Tasmania, Malbec Beyond Argentina|
|Tannat, Torrontés, Pinotage|
|Rueda, Vermentino, White Bordeaux|
|Santorini, Roussillon, Tawny Port|
|Cru Beaujolais, Etna Reds, Soave|
|Sierra Foothills, U.S. Tempranillo, California Chenin Blanc|
|Mencía, Touriga Nacional, Rosé|
|Valtellina, Campania Whites, Bandol|
|Sonoma Coast, Albariño, Lake County|