Ever wondered why people don’t try a wider variety of grapes? I have because I believe that is in part variety that makes wine fascinating. The amazing points of difference between the various grapes and wine types should be applauded, not shied away from. They should be tasted and celebrated rather than deemed confusing.
We should all try as many different grapes as we can, that way we will really see how few most of us actually drink.
I also sometimes wonder why some grapes enjoy world-wide fame while others of equal quality struggle for a hearing.
It often seems that a Shiraz will always sell when a Mencia or a Castelão will find it hard to even be tasted.
I recently published an article on Catavino where I mused on this and a few grape varieties that I think deserve to be more loved than they are.
You can read the piece here.
In my opinion it is perfectly possible to really enjoy a wine that you know nothing about and whose label is indecipherable to you after all surely it’s all about how the liquid tastes rather than what words are on the label, isn’t it?