Written by John Kerr of Metro Wines
Why do so many people shun this once-popular grape?
“No thanks, I don’t drink Chardonnay.” I hear this refrain at least three times a week. Not only do a large number of people not drink Chardonnay themselves, they won’t serve it to their friends either. It used to be that Chardonnay was de rigueur at weddings. It was the one white wine that everyone could agree to.
Now, few brides consider the grape for their receptions. At cocktail parties and other gatherings, it’s become a divisive grape. Only Riesling is rejected more than Chardonnay.
So what happened to America’s most popular white wine? Part of the story lies in the media’s portrayal of the wine in an iconic movie series and a television show. But the main reason has to do with what happens to so many grapes that achieve widespread popularity. This story has repeatedly played out over last several decades. Let’s walk through the details.
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