Thursday, June 11, 2015

Varietal correctness is a real problem

For those that are just wine lovers and not in the industry, I just want to let you know that it doesn't get much more frustrating than this. A Viognier without apricot, a Gruner without white pepper, a Grenache without strawberry. There are expectations to be met. Varietal correctness is a real problem.


  1. Too true! Last year I sat on a panel judging wines at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition. Our panel faced a flight of Domestic Pinot Noir in the $12-20 range. Another judge posed a simple question, "How much syrah died in the making of these wines?" It was clear that some, while delicious in their own right, were divergent from the norms we would expect from Pinot Noir.

    1. That really is the thing about it. Pinot Noir with Petite Sirah is really yummy but misleading.



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