Very Old World wines are an alternative to French, Spanish and Italian wines. In Amy Ma's article "Ever Heard of Very Old World Wines?" she discusses the revival of Middle Eastern wines. Fusing Old World and New World characteristics, Very Old World white and red wines are "medium-bodied and full of earthy rather than fruity tones, making them somewhat interchangeable." Mellower than French or Californian vintages, these wines possess more obscure mineral and nut flavors.
Look for Israeli and Lebanese wine in your supermarket. In particular, try some more unusual Lebanese varietals like Obaideh and Merwah. To read more about Very Old World wine, click here.
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