What’s the deal with the way critics talk about wine? Otherwise sensible people become astonishingly fanciful when it comes to describing how wines taste. This is certainly true of me and my WRO colleagues, as well as scores of other writers, bloggers and commentators.
There has been a lot of talk lately about “natural wine.” What does that term mean? There’s no official definition, but the following statement on the wine list at Dame, a restaurant in Portland, Oregon that features only natural wines, is as good a description as any I’ve seen. “Every wine on this list,” it says, “is grown organically or biodynamically, free of any chemicals in the vineyard . . . [it] is made without any additives except sulfur, which is naturally occurring in grapes . . .
More than any other grape, Chardonnay is responsible for the internationalization of style and taste that has transformed the world of wine over the past fifty years. Winemakers may have focused more intensely on Cabernet Sauvignon, trying to emulate and then to equal the classified growths of Bordeaux, but beginning in the 1970s consumers embraced Chardonnay before taking to any other variety.
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