The excitement, attention and demand surrounding wines from Spain today has been in the making for more than 3, 000 years and today boasts the world’s largest vineyard acreage. From long established and respected wine growing regions to exciting new ones, from indigenous grape varieties to international varietals, and from […]
Umbria is one of the two provinces of Italy without a coast. This small province, the home of Saint Francs Assissi, boasts a sound agricultural base (olive oil, wine, cereal, and truffles) and active tourism traffic. Cantine Lungarotti located in Torgiano is the largest and best-known winery of the province. […]
Pinot Noir The true pinot noir is one of the unmitigated joys of the experienced taster… it has a distinct penetrating taste… a definite silky texture… among the dearest wines known, possessing a smoothness which by comparison makes some of the other great red wines of the world rough… wines […]
Amarone Veneto, although one of the most famous wine regions of Italy, produces huge quantities of wine, but Tuscany, and Piedmont market their wiens at higher prices and enjoy a more respectful acceptance of their wines. Veneto is home to Soave, Bianco di Custoza, Bardolino, Valpolicella and many others. Soave […]
Bordeaux is one of the wine world’s natural wonders, exciting connoisseurs with its elegant, refined, and complex wines. This is the largest high-quality wine-producing region in the world and has been exporting its legendary wines for centuries, all over the world, but particularly to the United Kingdom due to history […]
Zinfandel For more than a century, researchers believed that zinfandel had no traceable lineage until the late 1960’s when it had become the second most widely planted red grape variety in California. The only known fact was that it had European origins since it belongs to the vitis vinifera family […]
Wine Crystals Sugar crystals on wine cork naturally made and un-stabilized wines develop crystals, which generally precipitate to the bottom of the bottle or attach themselves on the cork or the closure of the bottle. Sometimes referred to as “Wine Diamonds” they are indicative of good quality. Although crystals […]
This most populous Portuguese-speaking South American country (190 million) has a chequered history in wine production and consumption.
European settlers, mostly Italians, were the first to plant vineyards to make commercial quantities of wine.
The catholic church missionaries were the first to plant vineyards for the production of communion services but the tropical climate of the country forced the planting of North American hybrids like catawba, aurora, and the like which yield undrinkable wine.