Friday Rant: ABC is Dead

the drunken cyclist

For those of you not familiar with the term, “ABC” in this case means “Anything But Chardonnay”–meaning there is a contingent of the wine drinking populace that is stringently anti-Chard, but I am here to boldly state that “ABC” is dead (or at least it should be).

I get it.

I really do.

At least I get why this “movement” (I guess it is more of a “sentiment”) came into being: Chardonnay is the most popular white wine variety in the world (OK, some claim there are more acres devoted to Airén, but go ahead and find me a bottle of that at the local wine shop), and a decade or so ago, many (most?) California Chardonnays were big oaky messes.

rantBack at the beginning of the “modern” California wine trade, winemakers tried to emulate the white wines of Burgundy–the home of Chardonnay (and if you have ever had a wine with “Montrachet”…

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