As I sit here trying to come to some conclusion it occurs to me that perhaps I am going about this all wrong. I amafter all a wine snob. Yes, it’s true, I am biased and I know it. I am first and foremost a red wine drinkerso when I think of the best regions my thoughts automatically run towards things like Nebbiolo and Piedmont, PinotNoir and Burgundy, Syrah and the Rhone. It is a stretch for me to think of great regions for white wine before these reds and that’s just wrong, don’t you think?
Even when we come to the new world we are faced with Malbec and Mendoza, Zinfandel and the Dry Creek Valley, Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley, and of course Cabernet in Napa. Whither the whites? Sure there are some great regions for whites. Take last year’s 2012 Region of the Year; the Alto Adige. It’s a region packed with great wines, red and white, which is why I selected it, and in hindsight it seems as though the power of their whites weighed heavily in my decision making process.
So this year once again I am faced with this task of selecting a region worthy of further indepth exploration in the coming year; based not on a single wine but multiple wines. Multiple wines that are world class at that. Think about that, a region that truly excels with multiple varieties. They’re rare to say the least. Rare because of climatic and geological conditions that create favorable conditions for specific varieties, the overlap between which can be limited. And also rare because of the power in the marketplace of combinations such as Napa Valley Cabernet. Even if Napa where the greatest place on earth to plant all varieties there still would be a preponderance of Cabernet. Simply put, there’s money in them there words.