In a deadly and morose short story by Edgar Allen Poe, “Cask of Amontillado”, Montresor leads Fortunato to his death through the bribe of a pipe of amontillado, a rare find during the height of carnival. Wine is very important to many traditions and cultures still today, and the winemaking process is considered by many to be a form of art (Stein 149-163). This beverage is produced through a complex, but structured, process broken down into several distinct steps that are affected by many variables, such as climate and location, tradition, and techniques evolved throughout human history. Most important to the process is the vine and the grape themselves. Without quality vines or grapes, the wine will suffer. The vineyard the wine is grown in and the environment it is immersed in is also extremely important to the grapes and vines, affecting many aspects of the wine. The grapes also contain tannins, a compound that contributes to the wine’s mouthfeel and flavor. The process by which the wine is produced is the final factor that decides whether a wine will be sought after or not. Tied in with this is the history, culture, world market, and traditions, which usually decides what wine will be produced in a location.
Wine production involves two parts of economic activity – viticulture and wine making in the winery. In the global context, wine production is dynamic due to the influence of globalization, technological advancements and extensive research. These have essentially influenced the nature, spatial patterns and the ecological dimensions of the wine industry.
Normally wine is started in the fall when the ripe grapes arc harvested. It is not ready to be tasted until at least the following May-the origin of the young, and often very harsh, ‘May Wine.’ This time sequence coincides with the typical school year and thus provides an ideal opportunity to have a continuing demonstration. As the year passes and the course progresses, continued reference can be made to the various stages of the wine production….
The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is a small thick skinned, blue-purple grape with lots of seeds in proportion to its size(A-150). There are two main reasons that Cabernet Sauvignon continues to thrill our palates and table. The first is its ability to adapt to the soil and climate. The second is its ability to resist plant viruses and diseases (B-38). Two significant sites for Cabernet Sauvignon are Bordeaux, France and Napa Valley, California (A-152). In France, the ancient gravel of Bordeaux holds heat, which allows the vines to stay warm while at the same time preventing the vine from truly thriving. It is the barely surviving that makes the flavor, so intense and produces the highly sought after fruit (A-152). In California’s Napa Valley it is the ability of the rocky and volcanic soil of the alluvial (fan??) to hold water and nutrients, which creates the signature flavor (A-153). When it comes to bottling Cabernet Sauvignon it is rarely bottled alone. In Bordeaux it is usually part of a team of red grapes that includes either
It is a complex, deep red from Vampire Vineyards, where they claim that this wine is “sought out by vampire covens seeking to relive the tastes of their mortal lives”. As for the living that are daring enough to try it, it is sure to make them feel more alive than ever. There is a harmonious balance of rich, dark flavors in every glass (or goblet) of this sinister cabernet sauvignon. It holds the essence of dark, sweet cherries as well as decadent chocolate and a spice of anise. Definitely not for the faint of heart!This mellow, white wine is sure to bring out the monsters at your party. This sweet vintage is created by R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia and originates from- where else, but, Romania. It is definitely a party pleaser, with strong notes of apple, pear, and fig and a crisp finish. If you’re looking to start the party before dusk, this a wonderful wine for early or late afternoon, and pairs beautifully with light appetizers and tapas. With this wine as an opening beverage, you’re sure to have a howling good time!When it comes to wine, it is important to pick your poison wisely. If you have chosen POIZIN, a zinfandel provided by Armida Winery in Sonoma County, you have made a great decision. The label displays a sinister, deep red skull and
Richardson has been known for developing great wine and is constantly looking for ways to improve the overall quality. In 1994, customers even stated that his Reserve Pinot Noir was amazing and far superior to their competition. Richardson currently believes in three potential improvements exist and I have outlined his potential projects (highlight below).
Today, the Antinori family’s wine company is operated by Marquis Piero Antinori with the help of his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia. The family owns seven estates and names seven hundred and three wines on their website. The Antinori family believes in tradition, passion and intuition. “The Marchesi Antinori firm expresses its passion for viticulture by a constant search for even the smallest areas for quality improvement (Antinori).”
Wine has been considered a luxury in many cultures since before biblical times. However, “upon recent years wine has become more of a commodity”(Reeves). With this, it has decreased the luxurious value of wine, making it cheaper and less desirable. To learn when wine became the important commodity that it is today, the history of it must first be explored.
During my young and foolish years, I was a confirmed wine snob; at least as it applied to the red wines I drank. If they didn?t come from Bordeaux, France, I didn?t consider them worthy. Typically, my purchases would feature wines from M?doc, Margaux, Pauillac, Saint Emilion, Pomerol and Graves. This all changed in my late forties, I was gifted with several bottles of red wine from various countries including Australia, Chile and the United States (California). Begrudgingly, I accepted the fact that good red wine needn?t come from France.
Rondinella: Plays a role in different wines, with more grape varieties. This grape makes dried grape wine, a method which is used to make the wine sweeter and stronger.
This is the wine featured for the pairing. Feel free to substitute or if you are doing this with a group get several different wines that will pair well.
One might think of the Chardonnay grape as a traveler, comparative to a nomadic race, roaming from place to place. From France to California, stopping along the way to leave its imprint on the locals - surviving in some areas to become a dominant part of history and commerce, as some members of a tribe might, and some continue on to search out the omnipresent dream of a promised land. For the Chardonnay grape, this Promised Land was California and its journey was fruitful. The Chardonnay grape of the species Vitis vinifera ssp. vinifera has long had a mysterious origin while expanding its future from the Old World to the New, enjoying cool temperatures and surviving thanks to its winter hardiness. Along the way, Chardonnay was planted in Oklahoma, and even though the land and climates are much different from those of its native France, Chardonnay continued to surprise. Steadfast and as stubborn as its growers, the vine production in Oklahoma continues to grow. These small, light green fruits can produce one of the most well-known and highly produced white wines in the world were inevitable.
Malbec is a one of the purple grape varieties which is belonging to Vitis Vinifera used for red wine making. Because Malbec is one of the six grapes permitted for blending red Bordeaux wines, it has become popular and widely grown in South West France in last several decades. Moreover, in Argentina it has become the leading variety. The Malbec tends to have a very dark inky color and robust tannins, and usually it is berry fruit flavour and spice finished. It is also called Auxerrois or Côt Noir in Cahors, called Malbec in Bordeaux, Pressac in other regions, and it has extensive more than 50 varietal synonym names (Robinson, 1986).
During the last decades, some remarkable evolutions of the global wine industry have dramatically influenced the base of the industry structure, with technological update, innovation, and new players coming in, the wine market as well as the competition within this market have come to a new dimension. In the following, we will analyze briefly the main points of this evolution and group those points into several categories. Change on the demand side ‐ Demand went down in the traditional market. There is a huge geographic shift in demand from the traditional highest-consumption countries like France, Germany, and Italy to the new markets in countries like the USA and Australia. In addition, there is
• Claret - is a name primarily used in British English for red Bordeaux wine. Claret derives from the French clairet, a now uncommon dark rosé, which was the most common wine exported from Bordeaux until the 18th • Sauternes - is a French sweet wine from the Sauternais region of the Graves section in Bordeaux. • Châteaux – is a manor house or residence of the lord of the manor or a country house of nobility or gentry, with or without fortifications, originally—and still most frequently—in