In my first four articles in my series on French wine laws, I gave the background of the French AOC system, reviewed the laws, and talked about some downsides. The good news is that these downsides appear to be causing France to loosen up some of their wine laws. Could France be moving from Old World to New World? [Read more…]
When you think of wine naming and wine labeling, you need to think about the “Old World” and “New World” of wine. “Old World” is Europe. “New World” is everywhere else.
With thousands of years of wine-making experience, the “Old World” knows exactly what grapes grow best in what places and what combinations of grapes work best together.
Because of this deep knowledge, the “Old World” tout terroir (the growing environment for the grapes) as the most important factor in determining a wine’s characteristics, and they name their wines after the regions (e.g., Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rhone). [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…]