Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
I am afraid to because of the million varietals and strange designations and such. So much confusion in that boot.
NO. Not the way to learn. I tried this, and while it was sort of cool to be able to rattle off a handful of the dozen or so grapes allowed in an obscure DOCG, I realized that I knew close to nothing about the wine in the end. That only came by tasting and understanding the characteristics of a particular region or sub-region.
Think of it in relation to Chateauneuf du Pape. 13 or so different grape varietals allowed, but should we care about whether or not one producer used 5% muscardin in his blend? No, we should care about the characteristics of CdP and the preferences we may have of the style from one producer to the next. Same with Bordeaux and some of the blending they do. It's still Bordeaux, and that is why we buy it.