International Wines – The New Interpretation to Come – James Melendez / James the Wine Guy

Without question when international varieties is mentioned — the fast forward button goes to wine grape varieties from well known French regions i.e. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône.  But these internationalizing wines in some ways say these specific varieties are a well pedigreed grape that can underscore native or indigenous varieties

Go to any wine seminar anywhere and you will hear something like… “while there are native or indigenous varieties international varieties are abundant here….”  But the term internationalizing is a legitimizing and level setting word it is a far step backwards.  Backwards because it presupposes that the current term of “international wines” are just a limiting set.

Perhaps if that scope was expanded to include grapes like Sangiovese, Tempranillo, and Zinfandel.  Redefining and re-keying what is international will evolve and it is on our doorstep.  Simply because “international” is a hard word to understand or what is the intention.  The current view of this term will change to encompass a whole host of other varieties because the next definition will be something else.  That something else is hard to understand now but could be based on non-international wines to be planted in non-traditional places: Zinfandel in Chile, Tempranillo in Okanagan and Sangiovese in Mexico.

Or perhaps the term could flex to mean wines that encompass a broad range of food pairing possibilities.  Or perhaps have characteristics that span both the familiar and the exotic… or perhaps wines that journeying towards the expanse and newness of characteristics.

The term International wines will change and I for one believe it is important to encompass a broader meaning—simply because native or indigenous varieties need all the help in order to survive and to thrive. The term will broaden or perhaps will be less often used—it will be interesting to see either way.



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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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