First Taste Guides
Many of Europe’s wines are strictly regulated to control grape varieties, grape yields, vineyard management and winemaking methods, all in an effort to preserve tradition or — more honestly — a brand name. In other words, if you buy an Amarone della Valpolicella, it ought to taste like an Amarone della Valpolicella. And in turn, nothing else in the world should taste the same way. At least in theory.
But for many wine drinkers in the United States, these rules are a barrier to entry. My series of First-Taste Guides are meant to introduce readers to some of these wines by breaking down those barriers. Below is a map of the First-Taste Guides we’ve done as well as the complete archive of articles.
P.S. I suggest you start with Chablis…