Growing up with a surname that inevitably baffles everyone outside of Poland (I\u2019ve learned to answer to pretty much anything at this point, including \u201cSusan Kossserrrr, huh?\u201d), I know how difficult names and words\u00a0can frighten even the most worldly Americans.\u00a0 Perhaps it\u2019s fitting then that some of the wine regions I cover as a taster for\u00a0Wine Enthusiast\u00a0are grappling with the same issues I have since I can remember. Emerging areas such as Greece, Hungary and South Africa\u00a0are keen to put themselves on the domestic map, but often the producer names and/or variety names are so strange\u00a0or seemingly unknown\u00a0to the average U.S\u00a0drinker that they pause for a moment,\u00a0consider adventure, and move on to grab a tried and true Cabernet or Merlot\u00a0that doesn\u2019t pose as much of a \u201crisk.\u201d\r\n\r\nI\u00a0understand that in a time when everyone is watching wallets, risky purchasing doesn\u2019t make a lot of sense. But I also know that to pass by these wines because of the language barrier is to miss some of the most interesting, affordable and surprising wines on the market. So consider these exotic sips the next time you shop\u2013you\u2019ll broaden your palate\u2019s horizons while at the same time enjoying wines that match your taste:\r\n\r\nGreece: Assyrtico.\u00a0Gravitate toward\u00a0crisp, dry whites like\u00a0Gr\u00fcner Veltliner or Sauvignon Blanc? This clean, lively native variety has a minerally character and high acids, with citrus and honeysuckle nuances. Pair it with grilled, fresh seafood and lighter fare. Once the weather heats up, this is a great and affordable go-to wine that\u2019s both refreshing and food friendly. Also from Greece, consider the lovely\u00a0Moschofilero.\u00a0Similar to a dry Muscat, it\u2019s delicious with stronger, richer\u00a0seafood flavors. Think oysters, lobster.\r\n\r\nHungary: Kekfrankos\u00a0(also known as Blaufr\u00e4nkisch in Austria and other countries in Europe; Lemberger in the U.S.): Often used in blends with Merlot, this light- to medium-bodied red has a lush fragrance,\u00a0balanced flavors of anise, black pepper\u00a0and blueberry and pronounced acid. Hungary\u2019s best Kekfrankos comes from come from the southern Hungarian areas of Vill\u00e1ny and Szeksz\u00e1rd. A\u00a0lively wine that\u2019s great with cheese, game and pork.\r\n\r\nSouth Africa: Steen\u00a0(also known as Chenin Blanc in France). South Africa\u2019s Steen, made from a\u00a0clone of Chenin Blanc,\u00a0is a rich, elegant white known for its sophisticated food pairing ability. Styles vary: young and aged,\u00a0unoaked and oaked,\u00a0and dessert\u00a0South African Chenin\u00a0yields\u00a0very dry to sweet results, but overall, the wine\u00a0offers\u00a0refined floral aromas, tropical fruit and citrus flavors and a crisp acidity. It\u2019s known for its balance and delicate power. Pair with chicken, fish and spicy Asian cuisine.\r\n\r\nThis is just a taste of the countless alluring wines available on the market that are unknown (or seemingly unknown) to many. Embrace the unknown and you\u2019ll be pleasantly surprised.