For decades, red wine was considered the best wine in the world. Phrases like “All wine would be red if it could,” and “White wine is what you drink until someone opens a red” were spoken more in truth than jest. Even today, those who rate wines...
A recent epiphany has led me to believe that greatness in wine can be a result primarily of superb fruit, insightful grape growing and winemaking, and most crucially a distinctiveness that is born of various factors, including terroir.
My first visit to the Napa Valley, in the early 1970s, was a revelation: There was no traffic, no tourist mobs and no parking woes. But that was partly because there were few wineries, no public restrooms and, notably, no food infrastructure.
I hear tell that some folks out there in the hinterlands are fixin' to plant some of that there Malbek, or however it's spelt, and that some already have, and I kinda feel like I'm the guy who done brung my pet pig to a formal dinner party.
Old World wine areas are often defined by the grapes that are legally permitted to grow in each region. There may be a vine or two of Syrah in Burgundy, but the red wine of the district is, by law, Pinot Noir.
In a rut? Tired of the same old wine flavors in the same "big, rich, concentrated" style that has thrilled the number mongers? Tired of flabby wine? Seeking a change of pace? Want a fresh outlook on your (wine) life?