In Burgundy, they call chardonnay a red wine and pinot a white, such is the weight and the delicacy of each grape respectively. And yet outside of the world’s most expensive region, it more often swings the other way.
Red was my true love for a decade, and yet the last year or so has been characteristically defined by a shift in preference. My default for red, became an exploration of white. And with it came a love for the many varietals, regional and vintage variations, and overall stylistic ranges you get with white wine.
But there’s nothing like returning yourself to an old flame, than the cold and crisp depths of a new season. This weekend, some friends of ours slowly roasted a leg of goat, served with celeriac mash, and fresh greens, following another friend’s new batch sourdough. There is no greater arrival into Autumn that such a meal.
And with it, for me, comes the delight and joy of getting to revisit a whole category of wine that for the last few months has taken a back seat.
This week’s Taste is a special red-focused special, with apologies to the lovers of white, rosé, orange, and sparkling.
Elsewhere, I’m gearing up for box four of The Wine List
. I’ve had lots of great recommendations recently for new features: lots of you are requesting some type of box to keep tasting cards in, others requesting the answers, and others requesting additional tasting cards so friends and family can join in. Over the next few months, I’ll be exploring what the next iteration of the product looks. Reply here to let me know. Cutoff for next shipment is this week, sign up here.