Zweigelt is all I need.
“This smells like Bordeaux. Right bank. Cotes de Bourg or around. The aromas are SO characteristic from there”
“No, I think this comes from Rhône, can’t you smell this hint of spice at the end? So Syrah-style”
Well sorry guys. You are actually drinking a wine from Austria made from Zweigelt grape.
And if you couldn’t find out it might be because you had never heard of it before.
“Don’t you find it pretty cool not to know what you are drinking for once?” I told my sommelier friend, king of the blind tasting.
70% of the wines we drink nowadays come from only 30 grapes. Among THOUSANDS of species around the globe.
Well, I find it such a pity to only drink Chardonnay, “Cab-Sauv” and Pinot. Let’s stop it.
Winemakers, please… Do not fear to continue planting those indigenous grapes… they belong to those soils!
Stop listening to the global demand. Don’t be afraid to struggle for one or two years commercially speaking as, the risk is worth it. And getting out of your comfort zone might be a win, at the end of the day. Be proud of being different. You don’t need flying winemakers from Bordeaux to make your wine taste like everywhere else.
Portuguese and Italians are way ahead of us, in terms of vino diversity.
More than 400 hundred native grapes are growing in Portugal. Sometimes, on the same plot, you can find 2 or 3 different types of berries growing together, like friends. Harvested and vinified together.
But I know only few people that would randomly order a glass of Portuguese wine in a restaurant.
Us, the consumers, are also responsible for that situation. We order only what we know. And What we like. Tricky also for us to exit our comfort zone.
When you dine out, don’t you hate to pay the bill when you have being disappointed by your dish? We all do.
Well, let’s give a try. You might realize that you were wrong during all those years to think that “Chardonnay” was your favorite wine.
Master of wine Tim Hanni said in “Why you like the wines you like” that we are NOT standardized and we all have different wine preferences. The exact “wine and food” pairing does not exist. Only Old school sommeliers may think so.
He defines the “vinotype of each individual being the sum of Physiological and Psychological factors that determine your unique wine preferences and values.”*
Your preference may vary on the occasion, the food you are having or your mood of the day.
Where shall we begin, so that “vicious circle” of global standardization of taste can stop?
Well I guess, we should ALL try to make a move and take our responsibilities.
This is what the association Wine Mosaic** has been doing for the past 3 years: Actively promoting vino diversity, encouraging winemakers to re-plant forgotten grapes, while helping to promote those grapes and create a demand.
So that us – consumers – dare to taste and buy these wines we don’t know of.
I accept the challenge.
So, are we all ready to give a try?
*”Why you like the wines you like” by Tim Hanni, MW
Thank you Fanny Basteau and Antoine Lehebel