I like Chinon wine. What else would I like?
I don't drink a lot of red wine, but it's something I'd like to explore. A little bit ago, at a restaurant with a good wine list, I asked for a recommendation and said that I don't like wines that make my mouth feel leathery, and the wine guy said: (1) stay away from Italy and (2) try this chinon. I tried the chinon, it was GREAT, I want more. However, I haven't been able to find wine from that region anywhere except for a few stores not particularly close to my house. I also am curious to learn more about the Italy remark, ideally without having to endure leathermouth too much.
What types of wine (regions? vineyards?) should I be looking for when I can't fine chinon? What should I avoid?
Also, if you can recommend some good reading about terrior and why certain regions are different, that would be excellent. I've read (and loved) American Terroir
, I'd love something like that for just wine.