In honor of National Wine Day, which officially falls on May 25 — I know a lot of you, like myself, are all "every day is wine day" — I want to shake up your wine game by encouraging you to try some unique types of wine on this sacred day. Sure, it's great to have a trusty wine that you know you like, can afford, and that's always available at your local wine store, but in the spirit of the now nationally observed holiday, I challenge you to try something new. Break out of your wine routine and try something that scares you. Try something that you'd never try with this encouragement.
There are so many new wines on the market — organic, natural, boxed, canned, themed, carbonated, infused — the options go on and on. So why not use this holiday as an excuse to expand your palette? Try something wacky. Try something that sounds not-so-good, you've got nothing to lose!
Here I've put together a list of wines you may or may not be aware of. Some of them are new, some of them are old, and all of them are worth trying. If you're thinking about having a wine party to celebrate, you might want to assign a few of these different wines to your guests and have a proper potluck wine tasting.
This canned Ruza 2016 Californian rose is perfect for a picnic or afternoon outside.
3-Pack Rose, $14, Winc
Yeah, seriously. It's blue prosecco and it's called Blumond. And before you freak out about what makes it blue, know this: it's a mix of sparkling wine, blue curaçao, and peach. Mystery solved.
Blumond Blue Prosecco, $14, Empire Wine
Not all boxed wines are created equally. That garbage boxed wine you drank in college because it was cheap but gave you a terrible hangover is totally different from this high-rated boxed wine by Bota.
Bota Boxed Merlot, $19, Total Wine
I mean, it's not an actual throwback wine, it's a new wine. But it's throwback themed and very Instagram friendly.
#TBT, White Blend 2015, $13, Winc
Juice Box Wine
Bandit is a fan favorite among avid picnic-ers, concert-goers, and general wine-lovers on the go. It's sweet, cute, and, even better, it's portable!
Bandit Pinot Grigio, $9, Total Wines
If you're into terroir and like a wine that really tastes like where it's from, this is going to be a great treat for you. This natural wine is a big hit in France.
Le Temps Fair Tout Remi Poujol 2013, $18, Vineyard Gate
More sophisticated than a juice box and reusable to boot, Stack Wines are literally mobile, stackable wine glasses that come with a foil peel top so you can take them anywhere. Once you remove the foil, you feel like a classy, adult wine drinker.
16 Cups Of Stacks Wine Cabernet Sauvignon, $50, Wine.com
Personally, I think this is one of the cutest things that's ever happened to rosé. The best part about it is that you can make it yourself. All you need is some rosé, strawberries, a freezer, and a blender.
Ice Cream Wine
If ice cream and wine are already your two favorite things in the whole world, get ready to combine them and have your mind literally blown. Wine-infused ice cream is a very real thing and it's available nationally.
Cherry Merlot, $8, Mercer's Dairy
Alt Fruit Wine
I mean technically you can ferment any kind of juice, so why not experiment? Cranberry wine is a big favorite among cranberry juice drinkers. It holds a familiar acidity with a hint of natural sweetness that really balances it out.
Rodrigues Cranberry Wine, $16, Rodrigues Winery
It's called summer water for a reason. If you're looking for a new rose to get hooked on this summer, this is your new go-to.
Summer Water Rose 2016, $15, Winc