Right about now, you might be dreaming about sitting under a palm tree on an island paradise, tanning oil in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.
In support of this daydream, we must ask the classic question – if you were stuck on an island, and you could bring one thing with you, what would it be?
The correct answer should always be “a wine glass” for this one reason: a lot the world’s best wine is made on islands! So the team here at ILTG compiled a little list of islands we wouldn’t mind getting stranded on. Here are our top five islands and some of the best wines made on each:
Domaine Comte Abbatucci “Gris Imperial” Rosé 2013
This Rosé is a tiny grain of sand compared to the amount of rosé floating around the world today, yet this tiny grain happens to be very special and just damn delicious. Made from the grape Sciaccarello, this juice offers bright strawberry aromas with splash of citrus and tons of zesty acidity. Not to mention, the grapes are basking in the sun all day near the sea which adds a touch of salinity from the ocean influence. Life is tough for a grape in Corsica! $25
Brancott, Sauvignon Blanc 2016
If you took a fruit salad and served it in a wine glass, you would have a glass of Brancott. Made on the South Island of New Zealand, this sauvignon blanc offers loads of ripe pineapple, honeysuckle, honeydew, guava, grapefruit, apples, pears, quince, etc… the list goes on! The wine is great by itself but even better if used for sangria. Bring your boogie board because this wine offers a wave of flavors! $15
Antonio Sanguineti, Cannonau Di Sardinia 2014
The ever-so-underrated island of Sardinia off the coast of Italy happens to make one of the most highly rated Grenache-based wines in the world! Cannonau is the grape (a.k.a Grenache) and it packs quite the punch. Blueberries and bliss is the best way to explain it. It’s just an easy sipping bottle of booze for less than 10 bucks. Even better when chilled and served in a solo cup! $8
Canary Islands, Spain
Suertes del Marques “7 Fuentes” 2012
The Canary Islands off the southern tip of Spain might be the Spaniards’ best kept secret. Until now! This tiny chain of islands has been producing wine for centuries…for pretty much nobody besides themselves. 7 Fuentes happens to be pretty hip in the wine world for its funky flavors of licorice and spiced cherries. Also, the winery is located on a volcano – so you can trust us when we say, “It’s an explosion in your mouth.”. $17
Cos Rami 2011
If you’re feeling frisky and want to go “au naturel” I’d recommend trying this beauty from Sicily. It’s a “natural” wine meaning nothing is enhanced. The yeasts come from the air and no sulfur is added to preserve the wine. The grapes, Insolia and Grecanico, are indigenous to the island. Plus, the wine is aged in clay pots called amphora which are buried underground for 16 months and then bottled. A vibrant hue of orange fills the glass with notes of candied orange and sea spray. Perfect for strolls along the beach with a friend or solo if you just want the whole bottle for yourself. $30