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Posted by MetteinCoMo, Jul 5, 2013.

I'm new to Snooth, and I'm here to learn about wine and to discover new wines and develop my palate! I'm still in the beginning phase, although very passionate about wine and a very active visitor and taster at local wineries. I'm European but currently live in the US, and I therefore have a great interest in the wines of both regions and the differences between the traditional wines and grapes of Europe and the more modern approaches of the New World. I hope to get to know new people and wines here!



Reply by EMark, Jul 5, 2013.

We are very pleased to meet you.  Welcome to the Snooth Forum.  I'm sure you will learn much, here, and, interestingyly enough, your contributions will add to our collective knowledge.  Tell us what wines interest you, and I would not be surprised if somebody popped up and suggest something to you.

Reply by jtryka, Jul 6, 2013.

Welcome to Snooth!  Where are you now and where did you come from in Europe?  Any interesting wines in either place?

Reply by MetteinCoMo, Jul 7, 2013.

EMARK and JTRYKA: I'm from Denmark, not a great wine country (!), but fortunately a country with many wine lovers and a great selection from around the world in even the smallest of grocery stores! I currently live in Missouri (Columbia), which to my big surprise is wine country with about 200 wineries spread throughout the region. The wines here are very different from the more traditional wines of Europe and also of California (Californian wine is very popular in Denmark), and are in general inspired by the sweet white wines of Germany, which most wineries, in my opinion, do very well around here. What I find the most interesting about the region is, however, the wide variety of American grapes and hybrids found here (Vignoles, Vidal Blanc, Chardonelle, Norton etc.), which is a direct consequence of the warm and humid climate here. The traditional grapes of Europe simply don't thrive here (which I think is why the dry reds here don't do as well as the sweet whites)!

That being said, when it comes to the New World my palate leans more towards the dry heavy reds of California (Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon etc.), and I have recently started to explore the reds of Oregon and Washington, where especially Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot has caught my attention (so far)!

Well, this ended up being a little longer than I attended, but I hope to get some inspiration to try new and exciting wines!

Reply by jtryka, Jul 7, 2013.

Thanks for that!  I went on a road trip a year or so ago and had my first encounter with wines from the Norton grape just outside of Kansas City, very interesting wines and very earthy as I recall of the few I tasted.  As for the Northwest, the wines are very different between the Willamette Valley of Oregon and the Columbia Valley which includes both Oregon and Washington.  The former is known for Pinot Noir and more recently Pinot Gris, while the latter is more known for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (though there are many other varietals grown there now beyond the traditional Bordeaux blending grapes).  A great area to explore through wine!

Reply by MetteinCoMo, Jul 9, 2013.

JTRYKA, the Norton grape is definitely interesting (!), and I have yet to have found a wine made from this grape to my liking (this is kind of unfortunate since the Norton is the official grape of Missouri). Maybe this has to do with the climate in MO that favors the sweet white wines; or perhaps that many of the tastings, I have been to around here use freshly opened bottles. I suspect that a Norton wine, being so extremely heavy and bold, needs a long time to breath and open up... Maybe that should be a little project of mine, to see if I can decant a Norton into submission... I'll keep you updated!

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