Branching out from the same old, same old Chardonnay
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.