Wow! I must be going crazy! Today I had a choice and bought a bottle of white wine rather than red wine….

In my defence, I mistakenly thought that it might be Summer in Auckland (hence warm and pleaseant) and maybe a cooled bottle of white wine would be a nice change from my usual red wine. Helped by the fact that there was a bottle with some award on sale at the supermarket and nothing particularly interesting in the reds, I purchased a bottle of Old Coach Road Chardonnay.

They make a truly lovely quaffing Pinot Noir, so I was hopeful the chardonnay with a winestate award would be good. Well it is OK. I can (and will) drink it, but there is something inherently uninteresting about white wine…I drink it and think… "yes… now when can I have a REAL drink….?" I will exempt Pinot Gris from this statement, but to buy a good bottle of Pinot Gris, well then I would feel that I needed to save it for a special event… me, on my own….well that does not count  🙂

So I waited for the fruit flavours etc  to show on my palate….mmmhh…..maybe because I have eaten today: apples, peaches, kiwifuits, grapes, capsicum, etc, the wine simply did not live up to its promise. It felt like drinking for the sake of drinking – which is always a dangerous habit to adopt when you live alone. Not turpentine, but then again not nectar of the gods either…..My sweet chilli tofu stir-fry simply overpowered it – even an hour after finishing eating!

I like to savour and enjoy my red wine. If there were somebody here to enjoy it with, I would probably discuss the wine. However white wine is rather like looking through my social calendar…disappointingly void of interest.

Still they say a chardonnay a day….  🙂

About David Adlam

I am a conductor, composer, clarinettist and examiner for Trinity Guildhall working in Auckland, New Zealand and overseas
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