This is a question we get asked a lot. The answer begins with the fact the government agency that regulates winemaking (the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau — more snappily known as the TTB) allows winemakers to add upwards of 70 different additives to their wines….
As I kid I was never very good at saving treats. If someone gave me a bag of candy, I would methodically work my way through it until it was gone. Once I’d started, I just couldn’t stop. Holidays were especially torturous.
Some years ago I had a date coming over. I was going to impress her with a fish dish taken from a Raymond Blanc* cookbook (sophisticated indeed!). It offered a wine pairing. A Bourgogne. But wait. What the hell was a Bourgogne? A grape, a place, a winery, a person?