Let's face it wine is not an easy topic. When I started educating myself on wines, everyone drank Chardonnay. Now the big white is Pinot Grigio. It is easy to latch onto a trend and drink what everyone else is drinking because in all honesty, it can be quite reliable. My philosophy is take a risk because you are missing out on some of the truly fabulous wines out there if you don't. I was really not a wine drinker when I started learning about wines but I have to admit it was a job requirement. I never worried much about pretenses (and still don't), I just knew what I liked. At the time, I was in Texas and the restaurant I worked at was interested in introducing and educating its clientele on the local Texas wines. Come to think of it, this was probably my first introduction to buying local. Texas produces some pretty darn good wines but they are hard to find outside of the state.
I live in the state of Pennsylvania now and they do have wineries around here but they can't really compete with the west coast wines or, in my opinion, Texas wines. There are a couple of OK wines. Pennsylvania just doesn't have the right growing conditions and usually produce fruity, sweet wines that I am just not that fond of. PA also has some archaic liquor laws so generally you can't have wine shipped into the state. This was a difficult concept to swallow when I was standing in the middle of Napa Valley surrounded by incredible wines that I could only buy there or would be difficult to find in the keystone state.
As in this bottle. Cool, huh?! This is before the riddle process which is when the sediment is trapped in the neck of the bottle and eventually disposed of before the final corking.