There are 7 Noble Grapes of the wine world. Yes, some say there are more, but we are focusing on these 7: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah/Shiraz. These grapes are considered noble because they are prolific. Riesling originated in Germany while the rest originated in France. However, all of these grapes are grown and harvested for wine world wide.
Styles Vary – Core Essence Remains
While these grapes grow in different soils with varying climates and production styles, the core characteristics are kept in tact. When you taste a Chardonnay that has aged in oak compared to one that was aged in steel tanks. You’ll find toast and vanilla flavors with medium mouth feel and medium acidity from the wine aged in Oak. While you’ll find light fruit with medium mouth feel and medium acidity with no toast and vanilla flavors from the wine aged in steel tanks. Even with these variations, the core characteristics from the look, taste, feel point to a Chardonnay.
Cheerios by any other name…
And yes, this is similar to our experiences with other foods. When you taste regular Cheerios, or Honey Nut Cheerios, or Cinnamon flavored Cheerios, is there any question that you are eating Cheerios? Sure the shape gives it away, but the taste, texture, and core essence holds true even if the flavoring is a bit different between the 3 types.
The same thing holds true for wine. Think of a Sauvignon Blanc. The signature of this wine is its high acidity and light crisp taste. Whether a Sauvignon Blanc from Australia has more pear notes and higher acidity compared to a Sauvignon Blanc from France with light pear and grapefruit notes with medium levels of acidity. Those slight variances make it interesting to try wine from different parts of the world. Not to mention trying them from neighboring vineyards.
Try it for yourself
So, enjoy these variances. Pick up a couple of bottles from different regions of the wine you love or those you want to become more familiar with and savor the differences.