My wife is off to her homeland tomorrow. I’ll miss her of course, but I’m glad she will be spending time with her friends and doing the things she loves. I hope to get some things done at home while she’s gone. That includes shooting as many YouTube episodes as I can fit in. Some of the advice I’ve been given from fellow YouTubers is to have a back-up of episodes. A few in the bank so to speak. That way, if something happens and I’m not able to record an episode, I have something ready to go.

When I interviewed Ashley Trout, owner and winemaker at Brook & Bull, she made an interesting comment. She pointed out that seventy-five percent of the wines consumed in the U.S. are spread between only three varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris with Pinot Noir not far behind. That’s a crazy statistic if you think about it. There are literally thousands of grapes out there used to make wine, yet only three are focused on by most consumers. When I look at my set in the wine department, I can somewhat attest to that stat. The Chard and Cab sections are the largest of them all. If you combine domestic Pinot Gris with Pinot Grigio from Italy, that is quite a large section as well. You have to have a good selection of what people are looking for.

However, people who know me, know that I encourage my customers to expand their palate horizons. The aforementioned statistic has inspired me to focus on obscure wine grapes in my upcoming YouTube episodes. I already have three lined up for a YouTube shoot. Three whites, one made from the grape Inzolia, one from Ribolla Gialla and one made from the grape Hondarrabi Zuri. It will be interesting to talk about these varietals that not many have heard of. One of them I am very familiar with and I love it! Make sure you don’t miss the upcoming episodes. I think they will inspire you to try something new. There are so many great wines out there that consumers will never have a chance to taste if they don’t take that brave step of trying something different. Let me help you expand your palate experiences, that is a passion of mine and I love helping you find gems that don’t necessarily cost a lot of money. Let’s get pumped up to make this a year of exploration into the many great wines of the world.


Stan The Wine Man

About Stan The Wine Man

I am a blue collar wine guy who has been in the biz for over twenty years. I work at a store in a tourist destination stop. I work hard at finding the best wine for the money. I love the challenge of learning my customer's palate so I can find the best wine for them, whether it is Petrus or white zinfandel. Cheers!
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