Happy New Year! Two years ago, I wrote an article entitled “Four New Year’s Wine Resolutions” where I talked about expanding our wine horizons, saying goodbye to wine intimidation (my favorite), becoming a student of wine, and taking a deep breath, relaxing and enjoying! While I still love those resolutions, I propose that we add one more resolution to our wine resolution list this year: Explore terroir! [Read more…]
Where are you heading this summer? Paris? Italy? New Zealand? New York? California? Texas? New Mexico? Canada? The town next to yours? Wherever your summer trips take you, use them to discover great new wines. Destination summer trips give you a great chance to focus on terroir, the grape’s growing environment (location, soil content, climate and slope of the land). [Read more…]
France’s AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) system defines the grape varieties and wine making practices approved for classification in each of France’s several hundred geographically defined appellations. At the heart of the system is the belief that terroir, the grape’s growing environment (location, soil content, climate and slope of the land), is the most important factor in determining a wine’s character and quality. [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…]
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…]