Originally Posted By: blil
Originally Posted By: David Nelson
The vast, vast, vast majority of vitis vinifera don't get much respect either. I can't put my hands on the number of varieties of that species that are out there quickly, but it's thousands, and we talk about what, 50, most of the time?



I think even that is generous. I'll bet 95% of the conversation here revolves around about 25 grapes.

Yep, and to BEB's point, "...these 19th and 20th century man-made grapes don't seem to get much respect. Is it lack of quality, lack of education, lack of exposure or long standing bias?" The answer is arguably all of the above - but I think it would come down to familiarity and what's available in the market place. If presented with too many choices in wine, I dare say many people would just go back to cocktails and beer.
Homer: Every time I learn something new, some of the old gets pushed out of my brain. Remember that time I took the wine making course and forgot how to drive?
Marge: You were drunk!
Homer: And how.