Why buy wine from the 'wrong' region?

When many of us buy wine, we have certain expectations of which grapes will come from which regions.

For example, Chardonnay is a grape, and Chablis is the region, yet many wine connoisseurs consider the two to go hand in hand.

Likewise, Mendoza in Argentina has become the go-to region for Malbec since the red variety became a mainstay of the UK wine retail market a few years ago.

It's not just in fine wines where this is the case, either - buy wine for a Friday night in, and it's likely that your bottle of White Zinfandel was produced in California.

But it doesn't have to be that way - you can buy Chardonnay that was grown in Mendoza, or Malbec grown in Cahors in France.

And when you do so, you might be at the forefront of a new trend; for instance, Cahors was the home of Malbec until the 1950s, when bad weather destroyed many of the vines there.

Perhaps Argentina will prove to be the future home of Chardonnay, just as it has become with Malbec?

Whatever happens, there are plenty of fine wines from regions you might normally not consider, which are well worth trying if you feel adventurous this weekend.

(default) 43 queries took 144 ms
NrQueryErrorAffectedNum. rowsTook (ms)
1SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_posts`13134
2SELECT CHARACTER_SET_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLLATIONS WHERE COLLATION_NAME= 'utf8_general_ci';110
3SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_images`994
4SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_post_comments`994
5SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_contacts`14143
6SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_redirects`554
7SELECT `Redirect`.`id`, `Redirect`.`from`, `Redirect`.`to`, `Redirect`.`count`, `Redirect`.`created` FROM `ck_redirects` AS `Redirect` WHERE `Redirect`.`from` = '/news/why-buy-wine-from-the-wrong-region' LIMIT 1000
8SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_users`11113
9SELECT `Post`.`id`, `Post`.`title`, `Post`.`slug`, `Post`.`introduction`, `Post`.`body`, `Post`.`image_id`, `Post`.`post_date`, `Post`.`meta_title`, `Post`.`meta_description`, `Post`.`meta_keywords`, `Post`.`status`, `Post`.`created`, `Post`.`modified`, `Image`.`id`, `Image`.`gallery_order`, `Image`.`title`, `Image`.`file`, `Image`.`dir`, `Image`.`mimetype`, `Image`.`filesize`, `Image`.`created`, `Image`.`modified` FROM `ck_posts` AS `Post` LEFT JOIN `ck_images` AS `Image` ON (`Post`.`image_id` = `Image`.`id`) WHERE `Post`.`slug` = 'why-buy-wine-from-the-wrong-region' AND `Post`.`status` = 'active' AND `Post`.`post_date` <= '2019-12-11 18:01:10' AND NOT (`Post`.`slug` = '') ORDER BY `Post`.`post_date` DESC, `Post`.`created` DESC LIMIT 1111
10SELECT `PostComment`.`id`, `PostComment`.`post_id`, `PostComment`.`author_id`, `PostComment`.`user_id`, `PostComment`.`comment`, `PostComment`.`status`, `PostComment`.`ip_address`, `PostComment`.`created`, `PostComment`.`modified` FROM `ck_post_comments` AS `PostComment` WHERE ((`PostComment`.`status` = 'approved') OR (((`PostComment`.`id` IS NULL) AND (`PostComment`.`status` = 'pending')))) AND `PostComment`.`post_id` = (150) 000
11SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_baskets`774
12SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_store_countries`11113
13SELECT CHARACTER_SET_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLLATIONS WHERE COLLATION_NAME= 'latin1_swedish_ci';111
14SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_delivery_methods`11113
15SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_store_countries_delivery_methods`333
16SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_basket_products`884
17SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_products`22223
18SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_regions`13133
19SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_producers`663
20SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_styles`10103
21SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_bottles`553
22SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_product_ratings`993
23SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_store_customers`773
24SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_store_customer_addresses`20204
25SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_grapes`993
26SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_grapes_products`333
27SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_product_types`774
28SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_product_types_products`334
29SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_offers`774
30SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_offers_products`333
31SELECT `Basket`.`id`, `Basket`.`created`, `Basket`.`modified`, `Basket`.`delivery_method_id`, `Basket`.`delivery_country_id`, `Basket`.`delivery`, `Basket`.`subtotal`, (`Basket`.`delivery` + `Basket`.`subtotal`) AS `Basket__total`, `DeliveryCountry`.`id`, `DeliveryCountry`.`key`, `DeliveryCountry`.`iso`, `DeliveryCountry`.`iso3`, `DeliveryCountry`.`order`, `DeliveryCountry`.`country`, `DeliveryCountry`.`billing`, `DeliveryCountry`.`delivery`, `DeliveryCountry`.`status`, `DeliveryCountry`.`modified`, `DeliveryCountry`.`created`, `DeliveryMethod`.`id`, `DeliveryMethod`.`name`, `DeliveryMethod`.`price`, `DeliveryMethod`.`cap`, `DeliveryMethod`.`threshold`, `DeliveryMethod`.`threshold_price`, `DeliveryMethod`.`status`, `DeliveryMethod`.`modified`, `DeliveryMethod`.`created`, `DeliveryMethod`.`order`, `DeliveryMethod`.`code` FROM `ck_baskets` AS `Basket` LEFT JOIN `ck_store_countries` AS `DeliveryCountry` ON (`Basket`.`delivery_country_id` = `DeliveryCountry`.`id`) LEFT JOIN `ck_delivery_methods` AS `DeliveryMethod` ON (`Basket`.`delivery_method_id` = `DeliveryMethod`.`id`) WHERE `Basket`.`id` IS NULL LIMIT 1000
32SELECT `Region`.`name`, `Region`.`slug`, `Region`.`parent_id`, `Region`.`id`, `Region`.`modified`, `Region`.`created` FROM `ck_regions` AS `Region` WHERE `Region`.`status` = 'active' AND NOT (`Region`.`slug` = '') ORDER BY `Region`.`order` ASC 1211210
33SELECT `Product`.`id`, `Product`.`name`, `Product`.`description`, `Product`.`vintage`, `Product`.`region_id`, `Product`.`producer_id`, `Product`.`style_id`, `Product`.`bottle_id`, `Product`.`image_id`, `Product`.`bid`, `Product`.`best_seller`, `Product`.`created`, `Product`.`modified`, `Product`.`status`, `Product`.`slug`, `Product`.`meta_title`, `Product`.`meta_description`, `Product`.`meta_keywords`, `Product`.`stock`, `Product`.`stock_description`, `Product`.`original_id`, (`Product`.`price`) AS `Product__original_price`, (LEAST(IFNULL((select min(`ck_offers`.`price`) from (ck_offers join ck_offers_products) where ((`ck_offers_products`.`product_id` = `Product`.`id`) and (`ck_offers_products`.`offer_id` = `ck_offers`.`id`) and (`ck_offers`.`start_date` <= now()) and (`ck_offers`.`end_date` >= now()))),`Product`.`price`),`Product`.`price`)) AS `Product__price`, (CONCAT(`Product`.`name`, ' (£', `Product`.`price`,')')) AS `Product__detail_name` FROM `ck_products` AS `Product` WHERE `Product`.`region_id` IN (905, 899, 900, 904, 901, 902, 903, 42, 144, 86, 152, 56, 132, 134, 57, 81, 148, 1, 156, 90, 91, 4, 5, 6, 78, 7, 31, 93, 94, 32, 73, 63, 13, 37, 95, 96, 14, 70, 35, 21, 36, 24, 25, 26, 60, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 79, 43, 44, 67, 77, 84, 52, 53, 105, 135, 45, 106, 153, 47, 140, 68, 141, 111, 48, 65, 69, 113, 143, 145, 40, 83, 62, 41, 58, 114, 115, 59, 116, 49, 118, 119, 136, 120, 38, 64, 39, 121, 87, 50, 51, 71, 27, 28, 154, 150, 29, 129, 80, 155, 30, 151, 61, 122, 123, 138, 124, 125, 137, 126, 127, 85, 128, 139, 149) 1026102646
34SELECT `Region`.`id`, `Region`.`name`, `Region`.`parent_id`, `Region`.`lft`, `Region`.`rght`, `Region`.`order`, `Region`.`slug`, `Region`.`meta_title`, `Region`.`meta_description`, `Region`.`meta_keywords`, `Region`.`status`, `Region`.`created`, `Region`.`modified` FROM `ck_regions` AS `Region` WHERE `Region`.`status` = 'active' AND NOT (`Region`.`slug` = '') ORDER BY `Region`.`order` ASC 1211211
35SELECT `Style`.`slug`, `Style`.`name` FROM `ck_styles` AS `Style` WHERE 1 = 1 880
36SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_right_banners`774
37SELECT `RightBanner`.`id`, `RightBanner`.`name`, `RightBanner`.`image_id`, `RightBanner`.`url`, `RightBanner`.`status`, `RightBanner`.`created`, `RightBanner`.`modified`, `Image`.`id`, `Image`.`gallery_order`, `Image`.`title`, `Image`.`file`, `Image`.`dir`, `Image`.`mimetype`, `Image`.`filesize`, `Image`.`created`, `Image`.`modified` FROM `ck_right_banners` AS `RightBanner` LEFT JOIN `ck_images` AS `Image` ON (`RightBanner`.`image_id` = `Image`.`id`) WHERE `RightBanner`.`status` = 'active' 440
38SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_right_links`663
39SELECT `RightLink`.`id`, `RightLink`.`name`, `RightLink`.`url`, `RightLink`.`status`, `RightLink`.`created`, `RightLink`.`modified` FROM `ck_right_links` AS `RightLink` WHERE `RightLink`.`status` = 'active' 220
40SHOW FULL COLUMNS FROM `ck_settings`443
41SELECT `Setting`.`id`, `Setting`.`key`, `Setting`.`value`, `Setting`.`modified` FROM `ck_settings` AS `Setting` WHERE `Setting`.`key` = 'meta_keywords' LIMIT 1110
42SELECT `User`.`id`, `User`.`role`, `User`.`contact_id`, `User`.`username`, `User`.`password`, `User`.`status`, `User`.`active`, `User`.`login_count`, `User`.`last_login`, `User`.`created`, `User`.`modified`, `Contact`.`id`, `Contact`.`first_name`, `Contact`.`surname`, `Contact`.`email`, `Contact`.`website`, `Contact`.`address_1`, `Contact`.`address_2`, `Contact`.`city`, `Contact`.`postcode`, `Contact`.`country_code`, `Contact`.`telephone`, `Contact`.`organisation`, `Contact`.`created`, `Contact`.`modified`, (CONCAT(`Contact`.`first_name`,' ',`Contact`.`surname`)) AS `Contact__name` FROM `ck_users` AS `User` LEFT JOIN `ck_contacts` AS `Contact` ON (`User`.`contact_id` = `Contact`.`id`) WHERE `User`.`id` IS NULL LIMIT 1000
43SELECT `Contact`.`id`, `Contact`.`first_name`, `Contact`.`surname`, `Contact`.`email`, `Contact`.`website`, `Contact`.`address_1`, `Contact`.`address_2`, `Contact`.`city`, `Contact`.`postcode`, `Contact`.`country_code`, `Contact`.`telephone`, `Contact`.`organisation`, `Contact`.`created`, `Contact`.`modified`, (CONCAT(`Contact`.`first_name`,' ',`Contact`.`surname`)) AS `Contact__name` FROM `ck_contacts` AS `Contact` WHERE `Contact`.`id` IS NULL LIMIT 1000