How would you know if Cheddar Style cheese from Wisconsin compares to the Real Cheddar unless you have tried Cheddar from England or Ireland first? The same rule applies to wine. Before you try Pinot Grigio from Italy, try Pinot Gris from Alsace first. Why drink American Chardonnay usually blended and loaded with vanilla, butter, oak when you have never had the Original Chardonnay from Burgundy, France in it’s purest form? Before liking or hating on a grape varietal , I think it is important to have a Barometer from that wine’s origin that is the benchmark of those grapes before you venture out to drink those wines from other countries or regions. At least 90% of Pinot Noir drinkers who are drinking popular brands of California Blended Pinot Noirs, loaded with other grapes and very high in Residual Sugar, they should first try a Red Burgundy to see what 100% Pinot Noir tastes like from it’s homeland. You may discover you hate Pinot Noir and what you loved was the sugar and blend of the 15 other grapes and then you can find something with that same flavor profile and style for $9.00-$12.00 instead of paying $20 for a bottle that says “Pinot Noir” but tastes NOTHING like the grape is supposed to taste likee when it is on it’s own without the sugar. I think, especially for newbies to the wine world, this is an important step in finding out what you like and don’t like. Don’t follow the sheep on Social Media.
Grape-fully yours, Larry