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Abbreviation for "Anything But Chardonnay (Cabernet)", in German "Alles außer Chardonnay (or Cabernet)". From the 1980s onwards, a worldwide preference for the two grape varieties Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon developed, both on the part of producers and especially consumers. It was considered particularly "chic" or "in", preferring to drink wines from these two varieties. Wine connoisseurs expressed their displeasure and weariness by creating a winged saying against it. The ABC phenomenon also brought about a turnaround, so that other varieties became interesting again. The term "ABC style" is also used rather pejoratively for wines with a special style in which wines made from Chardonnay, but also from other varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, were/are developed. These were (are) high alcohol content, slightly sweetish taste and a distinctive wood tone(toast aroma). See also under Coca-Cola wines.

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