One of the greatest things about wine is that it is an ever-growing, moving target. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on something -- wham! -- it changes. Back in the day, wine was pretty much about Bordeaux and California Cabernet, maybe with a little Burgundy or cheap Chianti thrown in for diversity.

Well, today even thinking about California Cabernet can make your head hurt, and if you really want to push the limits you can start studying (like how I use that term? Yes, we are studying wine here!) Norton from Virginia, or Rkatsiteli from Georgia (as in the Republic Of).

Now that may be getting a bit esoteric, but I love wine because it is an adventure, and if you’re not willing to have some fun, then you probably haven’t read this far anyway. Let's take a look at 5 wines that have a little fun factor to them!

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1.) Foja Tonda

Foja Tonda is the local name for a very local grape. Casetta, as the grape is known in Italian, is only grown in one place, by one family. The Albino Armani family is single-handedly responsible for saving this grape, indigenous to the Adige Valley where the province of Trentino meets the province of Veneto. It’s a classic northern Italian wine, high-ish in acid with soft tannins and floral notes adding accents to slightly dried berry fruits. It’s a lovely wine, and it's always a treat to know you’re drinking a piece of history. While Foja Tonda may only be available from one producer, it can trace it’s lineage back to the end of the last ice age.

2.) Txakoli

Txakoli is certainly produced by more than one family, and in a range, albeit narrow, of styles. But it’s fun all around, starting with the name. “Cha co li,” as it’s pronounced, is at it’s best when produced in a very slightly spritzy style that emphases the wine's fresh, mineral-toned fruit and cleansing character. If I‘m having seafood tapas in the summer -- and who isn’t? -- a bottle of chilled Txakoli is one of my go-to wines. The fact that most are relatively low in alcohol is an added bonus if you’re like me, and are enjoying that tapas under a setting sun!

3.) Romorantin

While made by more than one producer, you’re most likely to run into Francois Cazin’s Romorantin, produced under the Cour-Cheverny AOC denomination. This Loire Valley grape produces a white wine that, like so many Loire whites, frequently shows a bit of sweetness rounding out the almost-honied and dried fruit flavors. If you’re lucky, you might be able to find a bottle of the Domaine de la Charmoise (Henry Marionnet), “Provignage” Cépage Romorantin Vigne Pré-Phylloxérique. Yes, those are pre-phylloxera vines; we’re talking 160 year-old vines here, folks.

4.) Bukettraube

Cederberg might be the only producer of Bukettraube in the world, in truth, I don’t know -- but I would think that any other producers might opt for a name that does not resemble deviant Japanese sexual practices. I’m just saying. And having said that, this Bukettraube (and I do like saying that), is a lovely wine, much in the same vein as many Romorantin, not that I have some soft spot for slightly off-dry whites. Coming from South Africa’s highest winery (elevation over 3300 feet high), this wine combines zesty acids with a seductive mélange of ripe fruit and musky floral tones. Sure, it’s hard to find -- you think lots of retailers want to try to sell you some Bukettraube? But trust me, it’s delicious!

5.) Charbono

Charbono is a sort of ugly stepchild of California’s wine industry.  After coming from Fance, where it’s known as Charbonneau (classier, eh?), who knows what and where Charbono was used. It finally rose to some minor level of fame amongst wine geeks when Inglenook devoted significant resources to bottling Charbono on its own in the 1960s and ‘70s. Never terribly elegant, Charbono produces slightly earthy, chunking reds that age surprisingly well. Inglenook -- at least the Inglenook of old that produced great wines (and yes, at one time they were one of the greatest wineries California has ever seen) -- has long been gone, but folks like Bob Foley and Dennis Fife haven’t let Charbono go the way of the Dodo.

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition (Or Bukettraube!)

Albino Armani Foja Tonda
Made from the Casetta grape in northern Italy, known as Foja Tonda in the local dialect (for its round leaves), this grape was very nearly lost for all time until the Armani Family took the handful of remaining vines under their care. Today they are the sole producers of this fun red wine.

Cederberg Bukettraube
Cederberg might be the only producer of Bukettraube, but that doesn’t mean you can’t love this off-dry wine full of apricot and floral tones. It’s a great wine on its own, and even better with spicy foods. I think this is a killer match for curry!