How Do You Tell When Wine Grapes Are Ripe and Ready for Harvesting?
2783How do you know when wine grapes are ripe for harvest? What sort of testing is done to ensure that they are ripe from both a visual and scientific perspective? How do underripe and overripe grapes affect the final outcome of a wine? Does this change with vintages? Each harvest presents a daunting question: ..
Winemaking 101 – Part I: Growing Vines in the Vineyard
880Taking the Dive: Winemaking & Wine Growing Part One: You Gotta Grow it First So, you like your bottles and glasses, and they like you back. But you want more. From pet vines (tastier than succulents, easier than orchids) to getting your hands wet in the cellar, the world of wine growing and making ..
What Does Malbec Wine Taste Like?
1694What does Malbec taste like? Malbec is a lush, ripe wine with dark concentrated flavors. It contains beautiful black fruit flavors and aromatics of spice and some floral notes at times. There are different degrees of complexity in Malbec depending upon the winemaker and the region it is made in. What’s ..
What is a ‘Grower’ Champagne?
637There are over 14,000 “vignerons”, or growers, who own the vineyards and grow the grapes used in Champagne. Many of the vignerons have long-standing contracts with Champagne producers. While upwards of 80% of the growers operate on these contracts, some dating back to the late 1800’s, some of the vignerons ..
What is a Brut?
745A Brut Champagne is a dry style. To qualify as Brut, the wine must have less than 15 g/L of residual sugar. While most Champagnes on the market today are a Brut style, historically Champagne was quite sweet, with some topping out at over 150 g/L in the 1800’s – almost as sweet as a […]
Why is Champagne So Expensive?
1060There are a few reasons behind the luxury price-tag that is found with Champagnes. Champagne is Expensive Because of Where It’s Grown Firstly, let’s consider the place itself. Champagne is one of the smallest wine regions in the world, totaling 76,000 acres. There is simply only so much land ..
How is Champagne Made?
779The Process of Crafting Champagne The process of making Champagne could be thought of as making wine twice. At the heart and soul of Champagne is the process of blending. Each year the winemakers (“Chefs des Caves”) create a plethora of still wines from specific areas of land, with each wine composed ..