I’m pretty much open to tasting all sorts of wines. I like to keep an open wine (ha! ha!). Of course as with everything in life, you’re going to have your favorites and your least liked.
Chardonnay falls into that last category for me. For some reason, over the years I’ve just associated Chardonnay with middle-aged to very much older women – no offence ladies. It’s stale to me. When I see a bottle, I try to avoid it – move onto the next aisle, next topic of conversation. I also find that there is a predominent olive-y taste to most Chardonnay’s and they just don’t keep well after opened – no matter the price point. BUT – that’s just me.
I tend to go back and forth between whites and reds during various periods in my life. I really enjoyed red wine, but then I discovered I suffered from migraines and combining red wine with other factors caused me to get brutal and crippling headaches. I started leaning towards whites.
I was still a relatively young and a new wine taster – back when I was 25. With a very minimal wine repertoire, I started drinking the hell out of Chardonnay. I couldn’t get enough of it. Different vintages, prices points, countries, wineries, etc… I was synched onto the Chardonnay channel all. the. time. I thought I was clever, sophisticated and a social marvel for my diverse Chardonnay drinking. Yikes. You know, I was young. As with most things when you’re young, I grew tired and bored with Chardonnay – so we broke up.
That my friends is the moment I discovered what the white wine community had to offer me. I mean my eyes were really open. I was able to try, taste and really appreciate all the other white wines out there. I discovered that I enjoyed Rieslings, Pinot Grigios, Sauvignon Blanc – OMG I love Sauvignon blanc.
I guess this goes to show, that as with everything is life, you can stick to just one wine because you will be disapointed. You hav to branch out and try different wines and discover what they have to offer.
By doing this you will be your discovering your palate. What jumps out at you in terms of colours, aromas and taste – will be defined due to your broad exoeriene with tasting different wines. You’ll find it easier to taste different aspects of each wine – to pair the wine with your meals.
I in no way desire Chardonnay. I get a twinge in my stomach when someone brings me a bottle as a hostess gift. Seriously Chardonnay, it wasn’t you – it was me.