Global View - All About Wines (C0346)

Salesperson:  Hello there, welcome to Wine World. Let me know if I can help you out at all.
Customer:  Um, yes, please, I could really use some help. I’m going over to my boss’ house for dinner tonight and don’t know what kind of wine I should bring.
Salesperson:  OK, do you know what kind of food will be served?
Customer:  Well, his wife is Japanese. He said she makes really good sushi.
Salesperson:  Hmm, that’s a bit of a challenge. Sushi is notoriously difficult to pair with wine. Well, let’s see. have to be a white wine, of course.
Customer:  Why? Wouldn’t a red wine go well with sushi?
Salesperson:  No, I don’t think so. Sushi is a very delicately flavored food, and red wine would be a jarring contrast. You need a white wine, which has more subtle flavors, to complement the fish.
Customer:  I see. So should I get a bottle of Chardonnay? That’s a white wine, right?
Salesperson:  Yes, Chardonnay is a white wine, but I’m not sure it’d be your best bet. Chardonnay is one of the more full-bodied whites, and tends to be a bit oaky. I’d suggest that you go for something brighter, like this Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
Customer:  Sauvignon Blanc? What’s that?
Salesperson:  That’s another varietal, or type of grape, just like Chardonnay.
Customer:  Let’s see. The label says it’s got "attractive citrus and grassy aromas that give way to crisp, mineral flavors and a bone-dry finish. Serve chilled." Oh, no, how long will it take to chill the wine? I’m on my way to the dinner now.
Salesperson:  It’s OK, don’t worry, we’ll just choose a wine from the cooler. We don’t have quite as extensive a selection over here, but...this Rhone Valley white would be lovely.
Customer:  All right. What varietal is that?
Salesperson:  Well, this is a French wine, so they don’t always specify the varietal on the label. The French believe that the soil a grape is grown in is one of the most important factors in the final flavor of the wine. This wine is probably a blend of a few different types of grapes, mostly Viognier, I’d guess.
Customer:  And you think this is a good wine?
Salesperson:  Yes, this is one of our best-sellers. It’s not quite as dry as the Sauvignon Blanc we were looking at earlier, which means it’s more approachable. It’s light and crisp, with a bit of a vanilla aroma.
Customer:  Perfect! I’ll take it!

Key Vocabulary

notoriouslypublicly or generally known, as for a particular trait
aromathe way something smells
bone-dryno moisture, dry
subtleFine or delicate

Supplementary Vocabulary

chardonnaya dry white wine made from this grape
grape vineA vine on which grapes grow.
acidityThe state, quality, or degree of being acid.
zestyaffecting the organs of taste or smell with a strong and often harsh sensation
sharpquick, acute, or penetrating

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