To enhance your wine tasting experience, we are committed to bringing you interesting information on different aspects of wine production and tasting. In Microclimates 101 – Part 1, I introduced three vineyard climate terms: Macro-, meso-, and microclimate. When casual wine tasters say microclimate, they generally mean a vineyard’s mesoclimate. The true microclimate is the very tiny area from the soil up to the canopy of the vine plant, and optimizing this is a complex science. [Read more…]
Microclimates. Wine lovers have probably heard the term many times. At first glance it appears fairly self-explanatory. It’s just a tiny little area’s temperature, right? Yes, it does describe the temperature of a relatively small terrestrial area – very small, actually! But what we typically think of as microclimates in scientific viticulture aren’t precisely that. Scratching deeper into this subject exposes a treasure of information. When you understand the distinctions, they can help you choose which wineries to visit when seeking specific varietals you enjoy. [Read more…]
A friend asked me to address minerality in wine. While I understood the concept at a high level, I didn’t know enough to fill up an entire blog article. So I did some research, and here’s what I found. [Read more…]
Does wine knowledge increase wine enjoyment? I think it does. But I want to be clear in saying that wine should be enjoyed, whether you know a lot or a little about it.
One of my goals in my wine tastings is to help people have more fun with wine. Early on in my tastings, especially tastings for wine newbies, I say something along the lines of “It’s time to get over our discomfort and intimidation with wine. After all, we are drinking fermented grape juice.”
It’s hard to enjoy yourself or your wine when you’re feeling uptight about not knowing enough or you’re feeling like you need to impress people with your wine knowledge. I think that increasing people’s confidence around wine goes a long way in helping people have fun with it.
I think there are three key areas where having a little wine knowledge can help build confidence and increase enjoyment. [Read more…]
In my “Wine Naming and Labeling” article, I talked about how people’s knowledge of wine grape names (e.g., Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) is a relatively new phenomenon that resulted from the growth over the last 30 years in the availability, quality and popularity of “New World” wines. I also talked about how this relatively new knowledge of grape names has sparked some interesting discussions around blended wines (wines made from several different grape types) vs. varietal wines (wines made almost entirely from a single grape variety).
A lot of people wonder which is better. The quick answer is they’re both good. [Read more…]