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Wine of the week

To take the hastle out of choosing a wine, we have done it for you this week!!   2009 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard, Wrattonbully cabernet Shiraz   An 84/16% blend aged for 22 months in 70% new French oak. Blackcurrant fruit is the main driver, albeit backed up on the mid-palate by fleshier Shiraz; it is […]

Fortified wine for dummies

Fortified wines 3 towns of sherry Jerez de la Fonterra San lucar de barrameda El Puerto de santa maria   3 soil types Albariza – chalky limestone Barros – higher portion of clay Arenas   3 soil types Palomino Moscatel fino Pedro ximenez   Flor – a film forming yeast necessary in the maturation of […]

Champagne and sparkling wine for dummies

Champagne Method champenoise is a process that involves a secondary fermentation inside the bottle Assemblage – blend is used to create a house style Chaptalization – addition of sugar CVIC – is a powerful organization that mediates between the large champagne houses and growers Champagne is located at the 48th degree and has a mean […]

France for dummies

Burgundy Grapes of burgundy are based around pinot noir and chardonnay Buzeron – the only appellation that can produce aligote   Appellations Cote de beaune village wines are red and may come from pommard, volnay or aloxe corton, beaune Cote de nuits are red and rarely white   Chablis whites made from exclusively chardonnay 7 […]

Italy for dummies

Italy Denominazione di origine Controlla (DOC) Denominazione di Origine Controllata Garantita (DOCG) Indicazione geografica tipica (IGT) (More relaxed regulations)   Northern Italy   Piedmont Thin calcareous marl and sandstone soils Thin skinned nebbiolo performs exceptionally well. High alcohol, high acid and big tannin Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo Moscato Bianco is piedmonts most planted white grape […]

South Africa for dummies

South Africa Pinotage = cinsault and pinot noir   Wine of origin (WO) – 85% of a vintage must comprise the wine South africas wine producing areas are divided into 5 large geographical areas Western cape Northern Cape Eastern Cape Kwazulu natal Limpodo Most of the wine production occurs on the western cape and is […]

Germany for dummies

Germany Beriech: District within an anbaugebiet Alleinbesitz: Monopole Einzellage: Individual vineyard site   Riesling and spatburgunder(pinot noir) are the most planted varietals   Muller-thurgau was created to replace silvaner   Qualitswein bestimmter anbaugebiete (QbA) Qualitswein Mit Pdaikat (Qmb)   Both categories represent the top 2 tiers in german wine quality and may only be produced […]

South American Wine regions for dummies

South America   Chile Denominations of Origin (DO) Atacama Coquimbo Aconcagua The Valle Central Sur –       Chilean wine law 75% rule: Vintage, varietal and denomination of origin must comprise 75% of the blend –       Requires all Chilean wine to show minimum alcohol of 11.5% –       Wines labeled “reserva” and “Reserva especial” must have a minimum […]

Spain for dummies

Spain Denominacion de origen (DO) Denominacion de origen calificada (DOCa) – top tier Vinos de calidad con indicacion geografica (VCIG) Vino De la Tierra (VdiT) Wines at the DO level and above must adhere to ageing requirements   Vino Joven – Less the 2 years for white and red Crianza – Red wines is 2 […]

Portugal for Dummies

Portugal   The Home of Port also makes amazing wine  Wine Classification and grape varietals –       Denominacao de origen protegida (DOP) – Superior appellation –       Indicacao Geografica protegida (IGP) –       Denominacao de origem controlada (DOC)   14 IGP’s in Portugal ‘Garrafiera’ indicates a minimum period of ageing prior to release most widely grown red grape […]