CONSUMERS believe they know where they are with some New World wines from, say, Australia or Chile.
‘This is a Cabernet Sauvignon’ or ‘I really like this, it’s a Sauvignon Blanc’.
The reality of wine is, like life, more complex.
French wines are named after the places where the grapes are grown because where they are grown is more important in many ways than the grape varieties used to make the wines.
A Chardonnay from Meursault is a completely different beast to a Chardonnay from Macon.
It was the Americans, or should I say the Californians, who may have been first to start naming their wines after the grape varieties in the wines.