People ask me annoying wine questions all the time. This thought provoking question was posed to me by my friend Ken, and it really got me to think.
What is the one truly noble grape?
Answer: chenin blanc
Reasoning: it is the only grape capable of producing great wine in every form: dessert, demi-sec, sec, and bubbles.
It was hard to argue. Chardonnay and riesling are the other grape varieties that jumped to my mind, but there are too few examples of sweet chardonnay (but don’t you love the Bongran and Guillemot versions) and Sekt riesling has never really floated my boat.
I’m not sure this is the last word, or even important, but it sure as hell is an interesting thought experiment.
Hope all you little monkeys have a great 2010. Seriously, fuck 2009.