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You searched for G-S-M. Zacharkiw: Wine with salads? Just be careful what you choose to drink. I received an email from a reader regarding drinking wine with salads. The crux of the question was whether the vinegar used in the dressing is detrimental to wine. The answer is: sometimes. Many people in the industry won’t serve vinegar at a wine tasting. In fact, when I stayed in Provence with a winemaker, there wasn’t even a bottle of the stuff in her house. When I asked what she uses for salads, her response was “just olive oil.” While I have nothing against olive oil, her salad lacked that familiar zip one gets from a classic vinaigrette. So if you drink a wine alongside too much vinegar, it can make a perfectly good wine taste sour. But I think this is going way too far. What’s most important is you choose the right wine. One of the cardinal rules for sommeliers in food and wine pairing is you want more acidity in your glass than on your plate.

Fortunately, you have a whole host of choices when it comes to finding a wine to fit with your salads. Burgundy wine. Geography and climate[edit] Further south is the Côte Chalonnaise, where again a mix of mostly red and white wines are produced, although the appellations found here such as Mercurey, Rully and Givry are less well-known than their counterparts in the Côte d'Or. Below the Côte Chalonnaise is the Mâconnais region, known for producing large quantities of easy-drinking and more affordable white wine. Further south again is the Beaujolais region, famous for fruity red wines made from Gamay grapes. History[edit] Harvest time in the Chablis Premier Cru of Fourchaume Archaeological evidence establishes viticulture in Burgundy as early as the second century AD, although the Celts may have been growing vines in the region previous to the Roman conquest of Gaul in 51 BC.

Vineyard in Côte de Beaune The awareness of the difference of quality and style of Burgundy wines produced from different vineyards goes back to Medieval times, with certain climats being more highly rated than others. Production[edit] Beyond Italy: New world Nebbiolo - ask Decanter - Decanter. Fiona MacPherson, by email, asks: I really enjoyed Susan Hulme MW’s article on ‘Barolo alternatives’ (May 2019 issue), and look forward to sampling a few of these Nebbiolos. I notice, though, that these wines are all from northwest Italy. Surely there must be producers in other parts of the world who are growing Nebbiolo? Can you name any interesting ones to try? Stephen Brook, a Decanter contributing editor since 1996, replies: Burgundy-loving winemakers the world over yearn to make fine Pinot Noir, so it’s not surprising that Italy-besotted winemakers want to try their hand at the even trickier Nebbiolo.

High in tannin, acidity and alcohol, Nebbiolo is hard to get right in its native Italy, and can frustrate even the most skilled winemakers elsewhere. Nebbiolo has fared better in California, and Randall Grahm at Ca’ del Solo has made some impressive examples, as has Renwood in the Sierra Foothills and Palmina in Santa Barbara. See also: Australian wines from Italian grape varieties. 4 Good Red Wines For Beginners (Crowd Pleasers!) It’s no secret that interest in wine is growing. Maybe you like wine for the implied health benefits (i.e. keto friendly, antioxidants, etc). Or, perhaps you just love rosé! Whatever the reason, one issue many newcomers struggle with is consistently choosing wines they love. This is particularly true with red wines because, stylistically speaking, they’re very diverse. So, here are four good red wines that aim to please.

They are big on flavor and big on fruit. Zinfandel All the fruit, all the time. Fruit Flavors: Blackberry brambles, strawberry, peach preserves, cinnamon, and sweet tobacco. What You’ll Learn: How alcohol affects the taste. The best Zins out there are traditionally pretty high in alcohol (definitely look for those with 14% or more by volume). To taste the alcohol level in wine, take a sip and slowly breathe out after you swallow: it tingles the back of your throat. Petite Sirah A healthy dose of antioxidants. What You’ll Learn: What “black wines” really look like. Nero d’Avola. A Beginner’s Guide to Italian Wine.

Here’s your ultimate primer on Italian wine. Whether you’ve just begun to explore wine or are an expert who seeks to brush up on the basics, bookmark this page as a quick reference guide. How to Read an Italian Wine Label European labels can be difficult to read, especially those from Italy. A few key terms can help you understand the implications of the language on your bottle. DOCG: An abbreviation for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. It’s the top classification for Italian wines. DOC: An abbreviation for Denominazione di Origine Controllata. IGT: An abbreviation for Indicazione Geografica Tipica. Riserva: Denotes a wine aged for significantly longer than usual, though rules vary among the denominations. Superiore: Denotes a higher-quality designation, tacked on generally to a regional name (i.e., Soave Superiore).

Classico: Denotes wines from a zone within a region (i.e., Chianti Classico) considered the original area of production. Tenuta: Estate Vigneto: Vineyard Piedmont. The Five Best Italian Red Wines Beginners Must Try. With over 350 regional wines and over 500 native Italian wine grapes, how does one go about getting into Italian wine? These five Italian red wines are a great place to start –especially if you’re a beginner – because they absolutely encapsulate what Italian wine is all about! The Italian Red Wines To Try Sangiovese This is Italy’s most important red wine variety that’s the base grape of Chianti Classico.

(A Tuscan daily drinker!) Barbera This variety is a richer, more plummy red, but still packs “wow! Italy Wine Map An overview of Italy's 20 wine regions including the most popular wines and grape varieties. Get The Map The Wines If you can’t find the exact wines listed below in your area, don’t stress! Chianti ClassicoSan Felice Chianti Classico DOCG 2017 ($16)Chianti Classico has several quality tiers, including Riserva and Gran Selezione. Get The Wine 101 Guide FREE. What is a Cru? French wine labels can be incredibly confusing. The labels indicate the region a wine was produced, but not always the grapes used. For instance, the words “Grand” and “Premier” are used a lot, but even though premier means first in French, grand usually appears on the better wine.

And then there’s the word “cru” which takes on different meanings across various French wine regions. Cru translates to “growth.” More precisely, it references a great or superior growing site or vineyard, a concept linked to the French notion of terroir. Soil, climate, altitude, aspect and the right variety create a synergy recognized as a cru. Though the term is used throughout France, it’s not always applied in the same manner. Here’s a look how the word cru is used around France, Germany and Italy. Crus in France Burgundy Burgundy can be a complex region to understand. A cru in Burgundy designates a high-quality vineyard. Burgundy’s Cru Hierarchy • Grand Cru • Premier Cru • “Village” wines • Bourgogne St.

Decanter. Food & Wine. Lodi Winery Map & Wine Trail - Visit Lodi. Wine Trail Map & Guide Our wine trail map is the perfect resources for planning a visit to Lodi's many vineyards. Complete with listings for every vineyard, use this map to help guide you through our wine region. Download a PDF of the Lodi Wine Trail Map & Winery Listing or a PDF of the 2018 Lodi Official Visitor Guide. About Lodi Wine Lodi is known as the "Zinfandel Capital of the World" because our local vines produce about 40 percent of the premium Zinfandel in California. With old growth vines dating back to the late 1800s, and wine-making traditions dating back generations, today Lodi is home to more than 80 wineries. The Best Picks for California Lodi Wines. Lodi Winegrape Commission - Blog - The 12 most interesting Lodi wines of 2017. The Top Lodi Wineries of 2019 – WineCountry.com.

Wine Education Resources. Download lists of wine tasting terms b. WINE.ORG - French wine. Great Value Wines: 90+ points Robert Parker under $100. The Fifty Best | California Chardonnay. California Chardonnay The Tasting:The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 26 recent release California Chardonnay wines with 12 members of our wine judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the wines were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles and served well chilled. Only ice water and crusty peasant bread were available to cleanse the palate. The judges wrote down their impressions of each wine on score sheets. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. California Chardonnay – To oak or not to oak? Chardonnays are not nearly what they once were. Chardonnay is the top-selling wine in the U.S., and the 5th most widely planted grape variety in the world.

In wine, balance is everything, and eventually a style for chardonnay evolved that seems natural and unforced. What to look for in California Chardonnays? Please drink responsibly! Bordeaux wine. Wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France Map of the Bordeaux regions with most of its appellations shown. The rivers Garonne and Dordogne, and the Gironde estuary are important in defining the various parts of the region.

History[edit] Map of the French provinces (including Bordeaux) assimilated by the Plantagenet-Aquitaine union The wine was introduced to the Bordeaux region by the Romans, probably in the mid-1st century, to provide wine for local consumption, and wine production has been continuous in the region since then.[3] In the seventeenth century, Dutch traders drained the swampy ground of the Médoc so it could be planted with vines, and this gradually surpassed Graves as the most prestigious region of Bordeaux. In 1855, the châteaux of Bordeaux were classified; this classification remains widely used today.

Climate and geography[edit] These rivers define the main geographical subdivisions of the region: Grapes[edit] Vineyards of the Bordeaux wine region of Blaye Winemaking[edit] Bordeaux blanc: insights into a growing thirst for quality - Wine blog UK - Wine and Climate Change. Details Category: White Wine White Wine Published: 16 July 2019 16 July 2019 Tasting and talking about modern Bordeaux in respect of white wines with wine consultant Mathieu Huguet. In terms of quantity, dry white wine production in Bordeaux may only be 9% of production but on my last recent visit, these (mostly) Sauvignon dominated blends made a much bigger percentile impact on my impression of Bordeaux. The region as a whole is stepping up to increase biodiversity and sustainable methods of viticulture.

This is evidenced in the thriving landscape where nature is returning to live in the hedgerows and woodlands that bisect the vines. There's a very broad range of styles that span the price to quality ratio. In this interview with Bordeaux wine consultant, Mathieu Huguet, he provides insights into the general principles and objectives that are driving this wave of modernity in one of the world's most traditional wine-producing regions. [End] Wine-O-Pedia: Bordeaux part 1. French Wines101. Winecast: French Wine Quality Classification. Page Mill Winery | 2016 GPS. Livermore Valley (6% Grenache, 14% Petite Sirah, 80% Syrah) Brix at harvest: 24.8 Harvest date: 9/14-10/11/2016 Aging treatment: 75% Aged American Oak, 25% New American Oak Winemaker’s Notes: “To be a good winemaker is to be a good listener.

We spend entire seasons listening to the vineyard, trying to balance the vine to its environment, water with the vine’s need, adjusting to the cycles. I have spent 14 years listening to the Livermore Valley appellation and this spot, this valley, these vineyards with their history, they give me perspective. Dane Stark, Owner & Winemaker Tasting notes: Beautiful dark red with ruby edges and deep purplish towards the center. This wine opens with ripe berries, a back bone of oak, layered cassis, smoke and dense fruit. How to Find the Perfect Vintage from Alsace. The vineyards of Alsace lie in a narrow band along the east- and southeast-facing slopes of the Vosges Mountains in northeast France. Yet latitude does not equal coolness, and, in fact, the summers can be quite hot and dry, making it a challenge to preserve the grapes’ natural acidity in the region’s Riesling, Pinot Gris and other aromatic varieties.

Like many wine regions of the world, the vintage conditions in Alsace are prone to dramatic changes, resulting in completely different expressions. The current vintages on the market—the 2016s, 2017s and recently released 2018s—show this in spades. While 2016 suffered from disease pressure in spring, it was a year of classic expression. Choosing between 2016, 2017 and 2018 is thus a matter of taste rather than quality.

The 2016 and 2017 wines from the best producers bear this out beautifully: the 2016s with pronounced freshness and bright acidity, the 2017 with an exuberant fruit character with good balance. Red Wine Aging Chart (Best Practices) German wine classification. The bottle on the left displays: Producer (Dr. Loosen) - vintage - village (Bernkastel) and vineyard (Lay) - variety (Riesling) and Prädikat (Eiswein) - mandatory information in small print - alcoholic strength, region (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer) and volume. The bottle on the right uses a slightly different order: Region (Rheingau) and variety (Riesling) - vintage - village (Kiedrich) and vineyard (Gräfenberg) - Prädikat (Auslese) - producer (Weingut Robert Weil) - volume and alcoholic strength The German wine classification system puts a strong emphasis on standardization and factual completeness, and was first implemented by the German Wine Law of 1971.

Nearly all of Germany's vineyards are delineated and registered as one of approximately 2,600 Einzellagen ('individual sites'), and the produce from one can be used to make German wine at any quality level, depending not on yields but on the ripeness, or must weight of the grapes.[1] Quality designations[edit] Spätlese - meaning "late harvest" BBQ Wine Pairings by Style and Sauce. It’s summertime. It’s hot. And, it’s time to fire up the grill! But what type of wine is best to pair with those foods you’re cooking on the barbie? Let’s find out. It’s important to understand the reasoning behind why a certain style of wine fits well with different types of food, so that you’re able to select a wine based on what’s available. Barbecue Meat Wine Pairings Typically, when we grill, we grill meat (meat is anything other than poultry and fish).

For pork barbecue, you’re often seasoning with sweet, spicy, smoky, and tangy flavors and matching sauces. For example, you could serve a glass of Ruby Port on ice alongside your slow smoked pork, which will easily serve as the sweet “sauce,” and provide you with an exceptional explosion of flavor – don’t forget the slightly pickled sweet slaw on the side. Chicken and Fish For those of us who prefer the lighter fare, simple grilled chicken and fish pair beautifully with Sauvignon Blanc, or even Verdejo. The Secret to Finding Great (Value) Wine. Mencia: The Red Wine To Know. The Secret to Finding Great (Value) Wine.

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French Wine 101 - Food Republic. Bordeaux Wine 101: The Wines and The Region. A Primer to French Wine | Vinomofo. A French Wine Primer. Time to Try 'GSM': The Côtes du Rhône Blend. Wine 101: A French Wine Primer - My Wine Tribe. Bordeaux en primeur: See the latest news and opinion - Decanter. Bordeaux Vintage Guide: The best years and what to look for - Decanter. Decanter. Bordeaux Vintage Guide: The best years and what to look for - Decanter. Brunello and Barolo the most loved, Tuscany and Sicily top regions in the USA: Wine Spectator dixit - WineNews.

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