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 have two blogs on this descriptor page--I use to be able to make separate. My fragrance blog is to express my thoughts on fragrance. A passion in addition to wine. I think it is a stellar component to the senses and that which I am in love with. I hope you like both blogs. My "wine" blog also incorporates those categories intimately involved - wine, food, travel and lifestyle. We all need food and water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz.. for my red wines. And I often circle back to these varieties and sometimes they are my home varieties. The journey of wine is an historical footnote also marked by viti-viniculture and artistry that makes this beverage a living one. I have worked professionally in the wine trade and have loved all aspects; marketing, history, science and art of wine. © 2014 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 and most major social medias.
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