Viticulture (a fancy way to say wine production) Trivia

photo courtesy of Venopediatv. There is a time before the vine starts growing its leave buds that it cries. It happens just as the vines end their long winter hibernation, from late March to early April. They could cry up to 1.3 gallons in a short time, (5 liters)! The vines are waking up and…

Tasting Tricks – Chardonnay

Let’s not forget white grapes and the queen of them all, Chardonnay. Wines made from this grape have quite a following. These wines are full bodied and come in two styles: buttery or naked fruit. They used to be made using wooden barrels but now the norm is stainless steel or concrete bats for a…

Tasting Tricks-grapes, Merlot

We know how to differentiate between Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Next comes Merlot. This grape is in the middle, between the two: larger than Cabernet Sauvignon, with more pulp and less skin but enough to have medium tannins, more than Pinot Noir. Merlot wines are good by themselves, not only with food. They are pleasant, smooth wines….

Tasting Tricks-grapes: Pinot Noir

First we learned about Cabernet Sauvignon. Now we will learn about Pinot Noir. These two grapes are very different from each other and very important for wine newbies like ourselves. We need to taste them both and remember their aromas. We need to learn the differences and make decisions as to what we like. I like…

Wine Term of the Week

Bordeaux & Bourgogne terms to make it easier to understand French wine. Chateau: a country house where wine is made in Bordeaux. Clos: enclosed, walled vineyard in Burgundy, used to protect the grapes from theft. Each parcels could belong to a different person. Climats: small individual plots that have a particular microclimate. In Bordeaux it is called Terroir….

Tasting Tricks – grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon

Now comes the fun part. We need to put to test all that we have learned about tasting. We need to practice. This is tough work, I know!:) In order to start developing our wine palate, we need to start tasting wines and we need to memorize its color and aroma. First of all, we…

How to Taste Wine Like a Pro.

As we have learned, we start by looking at the glass in a 45 degree angle, away from us and over a white surface. COLOR. For white wine: lighter color indicates: younger age, cooler climate, specific grape and darker color indicates: older age, warmer climate, aged in barrel, specific grape. Red wines are the opposite, if…

Wine tasting aromas…fake news or are they for real?

Being a wine newbie myself, I do appreciate wine aromas but I still do not get that a wine could smell like “sensitive and burnt cotton sugar with a suspicious raw red meat aroma”.  Recently reading an article at npr.org I realized I was not the only one confused with all that “wine poetry” and hyperbole. To…

Educate your Sense of Vision.

Tasting wine entails the use of our eyes, nose and taste buds. We have talked about educating the sense of smell. Now comes our sight. The first part of the tasting process is visual. We can learn a lot from looking at our glass of wine. We can start guessing the wine’s grape variety, region,…

Wine Term of the Week

There are 5 basic wine characteristics, building blocks of wine: tannins, acids, body, fruit, sweetness. Today I will talk about ACIDS. Acidity is important for imparting structure to the wine, making it crisp and refreshing. It also gives wine its aging capability. Wines that are acidic tend to go better, to pair better with food….

Wine Term of the Week

LENGTH & FINISH: Length is a tasting term to describe how long the taste stays on your palate after taking a sip of wine. It is measured in seconds and it can be short/medium or long. A long finish means that the flavor of the wine lingered for at least 8 seconds. If it was elegant…