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10.16.2007

WBW#39 Has Been Announced: Inexpensive Burgundy

wbw_icon.jpgInexpensive Burgundy? Isn't that an oxymoron? There are many in the wine world who will tell you flat out, that yes, if you want good red Burgundy you normally have to pay more than $50 for it. I'm not sure what camp I fall into, but I do know that every bottle of red Burgundy that has ever really wowed me has been fairly expensive. But I certainly have had decent red and especially white wines that come from more off-the-beaten-path appellations, which is exactly where BrooklynGuy, the host of next month's Wine Blogging Wednesday #39 wants us to look.

Specifically all participants are being asked to find a wine in the $12 to $25 range from the Côte Chalonnaise or the Mâconnais, an area which BrooklynGuy is calling "Silver Burgundy" I guess he means this as opposed to the Cote d'Or (literally "slope of gold"), where many of the most famous Burgundian wines come from.

Neither the Côte Chalonnaise or the Mâconnais have any of the big cru vineyards so we'll be drinking mostly what are known as "village" wines. I'll probably be staying away from red wines and instead seeking out a Chardonnay based wine labeled with Macon-Villages, which have been some excellent values for me in the past.

Never participated in Wine Blogging Wednesday before? It's easy. Just drink a wine that matches the theme by Wednesday, November 14th, and then blog about it and tell BrooklynGuy when you're done. Or if you don't have a blog, send him your review by e-mail and he'll put it up for you. It's that easy. See you in November!

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