Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The New Popular Grapes to Indulge in California

For all of us, there are foods that our taste buds seemed to be drawn to. As we grow, these taste buds that seemed so enthralled with these certain foods of infactuation sometimes, down the road, starts to look for the exit door of your mouth. I am no different, for me I had an enormous sweet tooth, and as a child I loved sweets so much , that when my parent bought any type of economy size container of airheads (try to think back that far), I could literally smell them out in whatever hiding place my parents had at the time. So after my parents went to sleep I would sneak out of my room and sniff out my treats. I continued this until, I ate too much one night and felt sick the next day, that was when me and sweets parted ways. I know that my story is different from most, but underline message is that as we get older our taste buds change. I believe the same thing applies to wine, and if you've read any of my previous writing you know that I'm all about different types of wine. Everyone knows I drink alot of wine, and I believe that as my palate broadens I should be sharing whatever new knowledge I obtained with any anyone willing to read or listen. And yes, I know that because we live in California , most of our knowledge of wines lie in the grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Well my friends, my home work for you is to check out some new grapes, some grapes that are world wide in their exclusitivity, and also could save you some money in comparison to buying California's current social lubricants from Napa. Some of my favorite new white wine grapes, at least new to the California market, or maybe they are just rising out of obscurity finally, are: Torrontes, Vouvray, Vermentino, Viognier, and Vinho Verde. Also some red wines grapes that should be on your radar if you don't already know about them are Carmenere, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Malbec, and Tinto Cão (from portugal). I've tried all of these grapes in different forms, most were good , some were not. All in all, what I ask for is that people try new things,and for the price point on these wines, it's worth the money to try and expand you palate. Now I normally would break all of these grapes down for you readers, you know, what characteristic they hold, but, I really want to know you're true reactions to these grapes. So go out, spend less and drink better wines, whether it's today or a whenever down the road, if you try one of these grapes, go ahead and leave your comments. Till then take care and God bless till next time.