Wine Tasting Tips

18
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Moscato   Moscato is made from muscat grapes, which hail from the Mediterranean (specifically Italy). Muscat is a large group of ancient grapes rather than a single variety. It’s the muscat grape that scientists think was the first cultivated variety of grape. Famous for being a sweet wine, moscato is one of the most aromatic wines there is. It is as intense in flavor as it is in aroma. It has fruity flavors with aromas such as orange blossom, green grapes, honeysuckle, and perfume. Though it is a notoriously sweet wine, it can occasionally be dry, and come in still or bubbly forms. There are also moscato wines that are flavored – peach, orange, apricot. Essentially, they are enhancing […]

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11
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Pinot Noir   Nearly 2000 years ago, pinot noir originated in France. Over the course of that time, it has become that parent (and grandparent) to many other grapes and has been cloned hundreds of times. (VinePair has an excellent in depth history of pinot noir if you’re interested in learning more.) Pinot noir is considered to be one of the hardest grapes to grow and turn into wine. It grows well in cool climates – it doesn’t fare well in climate changes – and the grape is susceptible to diseases and oxidization. That being said, when a good pinot noir is made, it is a good pinot noir. It is one of the lighter red wines out there, […]

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04
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Chardonnay   Originating in France, chardonnay has become one of the most popular wines in the world. It wasn’t until the 1960s when it started to gain widespread popularity; however, now there are nearly 100,000 acres of chardonnay in California alone.   Despite its popularity, chardonnay is one of the most polarizing wines amongst wine drinkers. Some love the buttery, oaky flavors it has while others find it too sweet. When it’s an oaked chardonnay, it has a flavor profile that is distinctly buttery, but it also tends to have the flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, green apple, among others. It’s these kinds of flavors, along with its full-body, creamy texture that makes it appealing to the masses. That being said, […]

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28
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Tempranillo Known for being Spain’s most famous red grape, tempranillo is used to make a large variety of Spanish red wines. It is the main grape in the region of Rioja and the main grape in Rioja wine, which some compare to Burgundy. While the grape is often used in blended Spanish wines, non-blended tempranillo is being produced more now. (It is also produced simply as a tempranillo wine in other countries as well.) Various clones have come to adapt to the different Spanish regions, and because of this, wines can seem so different despite using the same grape. This red wine is consistently well balanced and the amount of tannins allows it to age for longer periods. Tempranillo […]

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14
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Syrah   Syrah, also known as shiraz, is one of the darkest red wines – darker than cabernet sauvignon. Syrah originated in France and in certain small wine districts in the Rhône Valley, like Hermitage, the only red grape allowed is syrah. When the grapes were planted in Australia and the wine was made there, Australian wine makers took to calling it shiraz (shiraz is Australia’s most famous red wine). In some countries like South Africa and the United States, this wine can go by either syrah or shiraz, depending on the winemaker’s preference, but they are the same wine. Consistently, syrah is a full-bodied wine with medium to high tannins. Because of the amount of tannins, syrah contains […]

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10
May

Wednesday Wisdom: New Zealand Wine

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In the last 40 years, New Zealand has come up as a great wine making country (especially when it comes to their sauvignon blanc). Though they may not be the size of their oceanic neighbor, they use the space they do have to make some delicious wines. Wine making has been around in New Zealand since the 1800’s, but their wine making was filled with obstacles. The first vineyards were actually planted in the early 1800’s and it was James Busby who made the country’s first wine in 1839. While grapes could be grown and wine could be made, there weren’t a lot of people on the island who knew how to make wine. There was also the issue of […]

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07
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio   Pinot gris, which is the same grape variety as the pinot grigio, is a “grey” grape that is a mutation of the Pinot grape. The grape originated in France, and while they are the same grape, their styles differ. There are the Alsace Pinot Gris wines, which are like their Alsace namesake – more full-body, spicier, and complex. Then there’s the Italian style pinot grigio wines and those made like it, which are lighter and not as complex. Like other wines, the location of the grape can alter the taste. A pinot grigio from Italy will taste different that a pinot gris from France, which can taste different than a pinot gris from Canada. However, […]

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30
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Malbec   When I think of malbec, I think of the alluring wine from Argentina. In actuality, malbec originated in France where it is used as a blending grape amongst four others to make a red Bordeaux. The grape made its way to Argentina in the late 1800’s and it is now the leading grape for red wines there. As oppose to its usage in France, the malbec grape in Argentina is used to make pure malbec wine. While the majority of malbec comes from Argentina, and some still comes from its origin place, malbec grapes can also be found in the United States, Chile, and South Africa. Malbec tends to be lower in acidity and has medium tannins, […]

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26
Apr

Wednesday Wisdom: Washington Wine

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Though famous for their rain and coffee, Washington has become the second-largest wine producing state in the United States, only behind California. German and Italian immigrants planted wine grapes in the 1860’s, but it wasn’t until a century later that winemaking took off. Since 1960, over 900 wineries have opened in Washington with over 50,000 acres of vineyards. Washington is interesting because while they have 50,000+ acres of vineyards, there are wineries that are separate from the vineyard and vineyards that sell grapes to multiple wineries. This is especially true for the wineries on the western side of the state where the amount of rain makes growing grapes difficult.   When they first came on the scene, Washington was well […]

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23
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Viognier   Originally from Rhône, a region in France, viognier grapes are relatively rare. In the 1960’s, the grape was near extinction, until it was planted in California. Although demand has slowed since the 1990’s, in 1998, the viognier varietal was grown in more than 1000 acres. Currently, there are fewer than 300 acres of viognier grapes in Rhône, but it is being grown in parts of the world such as the aforementioned California, Washington, Virginia, Chile, and Australia. Viognier is a full-bodied white wine, and while its aromas and flavors are often considered sweet, it is more of a dry wine. The biggest and most common aromas and flavors that come through in Viognier wine are honeysuckle, peach, […]

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