This is one simple piece of Wine Education that you can memorize and repeat 200 times per day. Once it sinks in you will be way ahead of even some of the most long term Wine Enthusiasts in your level of Knowledge. Many of my guests either say they don’t like Chardonnay but they are basing that on the typical High Alcohol, High Oak, High Vanilla, Thick Heavy expressions coming out of California Or…They found one or two that are High Priced that they like because they use the words that it is “BURGUNDIAN” in Style. This means it is a Chardonnay that tastes like they made it in Burgundy, France. The questions is, Why not just buy one from Burgundy, France instead of buying one from California that tastes like it is from Burgundy??
The other group of consumers believe that Chablis, Pouilly Fuisse, Macon-Villages are GRAPES when in reality they are VILLAGES and growing Appellations not grapes. The grape they ALL are is Chardonnay!! The same analogy happens with Pinot Noir. People will spend a fortune on Carneros and Russian River Pinot Noirs (Many are Blended as well) because they are “Burgundian” In Style. Same advice from me. Why not just buy one from Burgundy France from Villages like Pommard or Volnay that are 100% Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France??
If you can Master the FACT that if the Wine is from Burgundy and the Color Is White it is 100% Chardonnay and if it is Red it is 100% Pinot Noir, you are ready to become a Sommelier like me and YOU will be an Educated Consumer at the very least.
Grape-fully yours, Larry