Several years back, Robert Parker, Jr. posted a screed on his website against "godforsaken grapes" that, apparently, were being forced on an unwilling public."What we also have from this group of absolutists is a near-complete rejection of some of the finest grapes and the wines they produce. Instead they espouse, with enormous gusto and noise, grapes and wines that are virtually unknown," he wrote. "They would have you believe some godforsaken grapes that, in hundreds and hundreds of years of viticulture, wine consumption, etc., have never gotten traction because they are rarely of interest."I'll cop to being one of these 'absolutists.' (Although maybe not for the reasons Parker gives.) Ecological diversity in the vineyard is good for its own sake. Varieties Parker calls 'godforsaken' may be key to wine regions surviving climate change.And that's all not to mention the immense pleasure these diverse wines can give. We'll taste three unlucky varieties on an unlucky day and discover why they're not international superstars, and why it doesn't matter.
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