Tony As­pler

Branch­ing out from the same old, same old Chardon­nay

Village Post - - Contents - TONY AS­PLER Post City Mag­a­zines’ wine colum­nist, Tony As­pler, has writ­ten 14 books on wine and food. Tony also cre­ated the On­tario Wine Awards and has been in­ducted into the New York Me­dia Wine Writ­ers’ Hall of Fame.

If I’m look­ing for a white wine that is not Chardon­nay, what would you rec­om­mend? When a wine gets too pop­u­lar, a sense of bore­dom be­gins to set­tle in, and the con­sumer starts to look for some­thing new. There was a move­ment in the United States a few years ago, started by a dis­grun­tled wine writer, that went by the acro­nym ABC — Any­thing but Chardon­nay. Per­haps I’ll start ABPG (Any­thing but Pinot Gri­gio) or maybe ABSB (Any­thing but Sauvignon Blanc). If you’re get­ting tired with the same old, same old, there are over 300 white grapes around the world from which wines are made.

The wines I’m sug­gest­ing here could set you up for a whole new taste ex­pe­ri­ence. And you can start ex­plor­ing be­yond these se­lec­tions and look for wines that are made from other, less well-known grapes such as Alig­oté (Bur­gundy), Arneis (Piemonte), Chas­se­las (Switzer­land), Fiano (Cam­pa­nia), Fur­mint (Hun­gary), Grillo (Si­cily), Malagou­sia (Greece)…. I could go on, but you get the idea. Let your in­ner Diony­sus break out for a change.

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