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Wines of the World

October 29, 2010

Have you heard the term 'cellar palate'? It refers to our wine drinking habit of sticking with the same wines. If you only drink pinot from Willamette or merlot from Walla Walla you taste the same profile. There might be a variation of winemaking style to create different wines but the wine's terroir remains the same.

My only point is that your world of wine will expand exponentially if you also taste pinot from Burgundy or from the south island of New Zealand. Pinot gris from Oregon is fruity and round but a pinot grigio from northern Italy seems lighter to me with citrus peel zest. Same grape variety...different terroir.

But that's what makes this whole wine adventure so amazingly wonderful. Even though I celebrate NW wines, there ain't nothing like a German riesling from the Mosel Valley or nebbiolo from Piedmont.

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