This whole ABC (anything but Chardonnay) movement has me at a loss, how do you dislike one entire varietal? I can totally understand disliking Bud Light or Coors Light because each can (or bottle) is the exact same as the one beside it, but Chardonnay runs the gamut…just like every other varietal. You won’t hear me saying I don’t drink Syrah, even though Syrah is generally not my favorite varietal or that I can’t stand Zinfandel. In fact, there are so many Chardonnay lovers that there’s an entire event dedicated to just Chardonnay called the Chardonnay Symposium in Santa Maria, CA!
What’s Wrong with Chardonnay, Anyway?
Chardonnay comes at us from heavy oak all the way to stainless and from super buttery and creamy to quite light and refreshing. ABC? Really? There’s just no need to hate on such an awesome varietal…maybe you just haven’t found the kind you like yet. My suspicion is that it’s the new cool thing in the wine world…a few people start some movement and it gains traction but for no apparent reason.
Maybe some well-known wine writer wrote about his or her distaste for Chardonnay and a bunch of people jumped on board…to be honest, I would not know because I don’t read the stuff wine writers create. Whatever the reason for hating an entire varietal just leads me to believe you probably “generally” hate other things in life…and what a sad way to live.
So break off the self imposed shackles and get your asses to the 2012 Chardonnay Symposium to learn yourself up and taste some amazing Chardonnay. If you can’t make it to the Symposium the next best choice is get your Chard hatin’ booty to BevMo (or somewhere similar) and grab a variety of Chardonnays and do a blind tasting with friends.
Lastly, I hereby am changing ABC from “anything but Chardonnay” to “anything but complainers”…we need less complaining anyway! Cheers!