This summer while traveling through one of the California wine regions, I was talking with a winemaker who told me that daily he was getting calls from growers trying to sell him chardonnay grapes--even though he has never made a chardonnay. He said that there was just way more chardonnay grapes than demand. Is this true? If so, is it a result of growing red wine consumption, the fall-off in the economy, the profusion of wines made from viognier and pinot grigio and other white varietals, or simple over-planting of chardonnay? And if it is true, does it mean that chardonnays will go down in price?
Now can we hope the same will happen to merlots?