Jim Beauregard's Tasting Notes: When you need to find another choice
Maybe it's not the wine. Tastes change over time, and sometimes I find that I have outgrown the wine that I initially loved as I learn and sample new wines.
Find something else that can take its place. In one of the wine classes that I took through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, we were assigned to pretend we were wine merchants. We were to imagine that someone would come into the shop asking for a specific European wine, an Old World wine, which of course was not available anywhere west of Normandy. The task, then, was to suggest a New World wine that was very similar.
Looking for a Bordeaux blend that's not outrageously priced? Try the Bordeaux style blends of California or of South Africa, like Stellenbosch. Strike out there? There are Bordeaux style blends from the Bekka Valley of Lebanon that fit the bill. Still no luck? Try the Rappel Valley subregion of Chile. Are they out of that too? Look to Australia: Cabernet Sauvignon from the Margaret River region or Coonawara.
What about white wines? Maybe a Pouilly-Fuisse white made from Chardonnay, say in the Macconais? Back to Australia again, in this case the Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, or Hunter Valley. In South America, a Chilean Casablanca Valley Chardonnay would also give you the tropical fruits found in its French counterpart.
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