We were shooting the breeze the other day (yes
over a glass or three) about periods of varietal rut.
There have been periods where both of us, at different times, just looked for Pinot Noir's (no, not influenced by Sideways). There was the Shiraz period for Koala as well as Cabernet Sauvignon. Kiwi became a Rhône snob, but that's another story.
Not only do we get into a varietal rut we sometimes get into a regional rut as well. What’s the problem with drinking what you like you may ask? Well, nothing, if you don’t mind missing out on a world of amazing wines! It also seems that there is a level of fear associated with the unknown of trying new and different things. Well that's the beauty of tasting is there is really not much at stake so therefore nothing to be afraid of.
Pull your head out and make an effort to seek out other varietal taste opportunities. Maybe you could make a point to try a different geographic area once a week or so and experience what the region is renowned for. Some wine stores have these types of tastings. Maybe one week something from France, then next week something from Italy and then to really mix it up head down under and try something from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. You get the point, there are an endless (well almost) list of places and then regions within those places to taste and experience wine from. Just don’t get too enamored and climb into another rut ya drongo's!
Happy Wine Adventures,
Kiwi & Koala