It’s Champagne Day–That Means Perrier-Jouët

the drunken cyclist

This is my entry into this month’s Monthly Wine Writing Challenge, the theme of which is “Variety.”wine-stain1-3

[Before I get started, I have to say that I thought about writing an entire post on the correct usage of “variety” vs. “varietal” but I realized that it was an exercise in futility as people will go on using the terms incorrectly despite any effort on my part. In short, as many of you know, variety is a noun that refers to grapes (e.g., “We grow several different varieties here: Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Pineau d’Aunis.”). Varietal is technically an adjective, but (and this is key) many in the wine business use it as a noun when it refers to a wine made from predominantly one variety (e.g., “When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, Pinot Noir is my varietal of choice.”). A quick rule of thumb: if you can add in the word “wine”…

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