Absolutes in life are dangerous. You know what I mean, don't you? Because once you make an "absolute" statement, it is sure to come back and haunt you. For instance, I am sure I announced that my 80's ripped sweatshirts (a la Flashdance and Footloose) would NEVER see the light of day again. And then along came my children, who grabbed them out of the attic for "80's Decade Day" at their high school. How humbling. Not to mention...REALLY upsetting. (The word "oldies" was used.)
So when someone tells me that they never drink Chardonnay because it's too dry, or that they only drink Chardonnay because they can't stand sweet white wine, I have to chuckle. That's because recently I tasted two very different Chardonnays and each one of them will give the previous statements a run for their money.
Let's start with the Handcraft Chardonnay (2010, 13.5%, California, 86% Chardonnay, 7% Viognier, 5% Chenin Blanc, 2% Malvasia Bianca - a white Italian grape). Handcraft wines are the child of Cheryl Indelicato, who hails from one of California's most famous wine families. So they have a nice winey pedigree coming out of the bottle.
Now, each of these wines would be a surprise to anyone who has one set notion of how a Chardonnay tastes. Too dry? I would never call the Handcraft dry - it was way too lively and zesty to be that. Chardonnay is never sweet? Nope. The Vina San Esteban, at least to my winey little taste buds, bordered on a sweet wine (even felt that way - a strong medium body to it), one that needs to be VERY cold when you drink it.
My next wine goal is to get some "I ONLY drink white wine" folks to come over to the red side. I'm sure if I keep sipping, I will be able to banish their notions of what red wine tastes like... just like I did here with the Chardonnay, right??
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