Why do two 2007 Pinot Noirs from different areas taste so different? Many factors contribute to a wine, including terroir (the grape’s growing environment), clones (natural mutations of a grape), and wine-making techniques. Today, we’ll focus on the effects of grape growing climates on wine. [Read more…]
Many wine lovers get passionate when discussing the comparative virtues of old world wine and new world wine. For people new to these terms, old world wine comes from France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain, the classic wine-making regions of Europe. New world wine comes from everywhere else.
So why do people get so excited about this topic? Pride is a key reason. Every country believes they make the best wine. So if you come from France, your old world wine is the best. If you come from New Zealand, your new world wine is the best.
Beyond the emotion that comes into play, there are distinct differences between old world and new world wine that I will highlight in the simplified table below. [Read more…]
The wine industry has many industry-specific wine terms that can be a bit daunting, especially for newcomers to wine. In this article, I will provide brief explanations of key wine terms. [Read more…]
Many of us have trouble matching the wine’s description (either on the label or in a review) to its actual taste and smell. For example, when a Chardonnay is called “oaky”, what does that taste and smell like? I’d like to share five tips for fine tuning your wine tasting (and smelling) skills. [Read more…]