Winesworld Magazine https://magazine.winesworld.net With Wine, Food and Travel Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:52:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Wine Tasting August 19 Vintages Release Recommendations https://magazine.winesworld.net/wine-tasting-august-19-vintages-release-recommendations/5880/ https://magazine.winesworld.net/wine-tasting-august-19-vintages-release-recommendations/5880/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:52:04 +0000 https://magazine.winesworld.net/?p=5880 South of France and South Africa are the two features of this release. As usual, there are some rose wines (7), but with the exception of one from Rioja, offer little excitement. The South African offerings in both white and red taste fine, but fail to adequately represent this country’s […]

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South of France and South Africa are the two features of this release.

As usual, there are some rose wines (7), but with the exception of one from Rioja, offer little excitement.

The South African offerings in both white and red taste fine, but fail to adequately represent this country’s better wines.

The south of France are from Pays d’Òc , Fitou, Faugeres, Minervois, and Cotes Catalanes, reflecting a fraction of this vast region’s diversity.

Only two spirits (one brandy from Spain and one Scotch) are included.

No fortified wine is included in this relatively large release (more than 120 wines).

The two sparkling wines failed to make the mark for inclusion.

Here are my recommendations.

Spirit

15 – Year Old-Single-Malt , Lismore, Speyside, Scotland
This amber coloured, smooth Scotch smells of apricots and roasted nuts. In the mouth it appears to be medium-bodied with spicy flavours and toast. An excellent after dinner Scotch, or for cocktails, but enjoying this Scotch on its own with a little pure water and neat would be a better idea.
90/100
$ 99.95

Liqueur

The King`s Ginger Liqueur, Berry Bros, and Rudd, London England
Produced under licence in the Netherlands
This stimulating liqueur was originally created as medicine to revitalize older people. It is well balanced with a macerated ginger root base, alcohol and sugar, plus secret ingredients. Enjoy with a cup of Colombian supreme quality coffee after a rich and long dinner.
90/100
$ 33.95

White wines

Wismer Vineyard Fox Croft Block Riesling, 2016, 2027 Cellars, Niagara peninsula, Ontario
Aromas of citrus, apricot and peach dominate the nose. In the mouth the wine unfolds its underlying acidity, depth, craft of the winemaker and balance. Cellar for two to three years. A fine wine to enjoy with refined food.
90/100
$ 22.95

Ammonites Sancerre, 2014, Roblin, Loire valley, France
Brilliant yellow with green tinges. Crisp, mineral with apples and gooseberry flavours, this wine has racy acidity. Enjoy with seafood.
89/100
$ 39.95

Also recommended

Tete de Cuvee Montagny, 2015, Bethenet, Burgundy, France
89/100
$ 24.95

Savoie Blanc, 2015, Philippe Viallet, Savoie, France
88+/10
$ 14.95

Albarino, 2016, Paco e Lola, Rias Baixas, Spain
88+/100
$ 18.95

Red wines

Pierre Aiguille Gigondas, 2015, Paul Jaboulet Aine, Rhone Valley, France
Many wine lovers classify Gigondas as worthy competitor to much more expensive Chateauneuf-Du-Pape only a few kilometres away. This syrah and mourvedre blend proves the point by emanating raspberry, and cassis aromas. Full bodied and well balanced with a depth of flavours. This wine has 10 years of aging potential.
90/100
$ 34.95

Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2012, Domaine du Grand Tinel, Rhone Valley, France
A blend of Grenache (80 per cent), syrah (17), and mourvedre (3), this outstanding wine offers aromas of brown spices, cocoa, kirsch, and garrigue. Full-bodied, well balanced with good structure and long aftertaste. Cellar for 6 – 8 years.
89+/100
$ 51.95

Lecco Ribera del Duero Crianza, 2012, Bodegas Resalte de Penafiel, Spain
Vibrant brick red. A vibrant, youthful tempranillo that smells of ripe red berries. Well balanced, and structured. An excellent value, and is ready to enjoy.
91/100
$ 22.95

Also recommended

Barrancas Toso, 2014, Pascual Toso, Argentina
89/100
$ 16.95

The Villain Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Hugh Hamilton, Mc Laren Valley, South Australia
89/100
$ 26.95

Pinotage, 2015, Southern Right, Hemel-en-Aarde Valey, Walker Bay, South Africa
89/100
$ 26.95

Barolo Bussia Le Rose, 2011, Poderi Colla, Piedmont, Italy
89/100
$ 54.95

Chianti Classico, 2013, Castello di Albola, Tuscany, Italy
89/100
$ 18.95

Rose wines

Rosado, 2016, Hacienda Lopez de Heredia, Rioja, Spain
90/100
$ 12.95

Cote de Provence Rose, 2016, hecht et bannier, Provence, France
89/100
$ 19.95

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Eat Delicious https://magazine.winesworld.net/eat-delicious/5893/ https://magazine.winesworld.net/eat-delicious/5893/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:59:01 +0000 https://magazine.winesworld.net/?p=5893 The author is former touring musician and self-taught cook who mastered the art of cooking admirably well. Coking is an art and science. While many cooks master the science, few can master the art part. Dennis Prescott ahs mastered both. As a touring-musician he had to rely alternately on take-out, […]

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The author is former touring musician and self-taught cook who mastered the art of cooking admirably well.

Coking is an art and science. While many cooks master the science, few can master the art part. Dennis Prescott ahs mastered both.

As a touring-musician he had to rely alternately on take-out, and convenience foods. Unfortunately convenience food lacks flavour and in most cases contains too much sodium.

He decided to experiment with cooking and discovered his talent to combine compatible ingredients, which led to developing recipes.

All 125 of them in this well-laid out book are relatively easy to cook with minimal skill.

Dennis Prescott also accomplished the art of photography and created all the pictures that will help readers with plating.

The recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, side dishes, and desserts are well thought out, and include brioche doughnuts, fried feta bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwich, super spicy Dan Dan noodles, garam masala beer mussels, matcha mint chip ice cream, and much more.

Eat Delicious is an excellent book for all like tasty, appealing dishes, and are interested in cooking nutritious healthy and food.

Highly recommended.

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The Death of Money https://magazine.winesworld.net/the-death-of-money/5891/ https://magazine.winesworld.net/the-death-of-money/5891/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:56:17 +0000 https://magazine.winesworld.net/?p=5891 The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the 20th century (1914, 1939, and 1971). Each collapse was followed by a period financial havoc, war, and civil unrest damaging global trade and economy overall. The US dollar has been and continues to be the global reserve currency from 1950’s […]

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The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the 20th century (1914, 1939, and 1971). Each collapse was followed by a period financial havoc, war, and civil unrest damaging global trade and economy overall.

The US dollar has been and continues to be the global reserve currency from 1950’s onward, and its collapse will trigger an unprecedented financial havoc the world has never experienced.

No other economy possesses the deep and liquid pools of assets needed to be the reserve currency of the world.

The pound was the predecessor of the US dollar, when Great Britain extended from Hong-Kong to Canada and many other parts of the world.

The dominance of the US dollar of the world economy benefits America, but emerging economies of the world namely, Russian, Chinese, and Middle-Eastern oil-producing countries are trying to dethrone the US dollar using political tools, and accumulated wealth resulting in financial warfare, deflation, hyperinflation, and collapsing markets.

In this highly informative, well researched, and well written book, the author explains how greedy financiers, Wall, Street `heavyweights and incompetent central bank mangers will trigger the collapse of the US dollar.

Ironically, the Chinese economy that was partially revived by American capital, know-how, and supported by trade, has started to undermine the US dollar by investing wisely and acquiring productive assets in Africa, Europe, and North America.

The long term economic and financial planning of Chinese governments indicates how this may evolve to catastrophic events.

James Rickards has written an enlightening book that ought to be studied by all politicians the world over to avoid, or at least mitigate an eventual financial catastrophe.

Highly recommended.

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Wine Tasting August 5 Vintages Release Recommendations https://magazine.winesworld.net/wine-tasting-august-5-vintages-release-recommendations/5874/ https://magazine.winesworld.net/wine-tasting-august-5-vintages-release-recommendations/5874/#comments Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:11:58 +0000 https://magazine.winesworld.net/?p=5874 Generally, Vintages releases offer more and better tasting Argentinean wines. This release offers a few unremarkable white and red wines from Argentina, despite the advertisement that it features Argentine is the featured country, along with emerging European wine producers. Emerging European wines on offer are from Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia […]

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Generally, Vintages releases offer more and better tasting Argentinean wines. This release offers a few unremarkable white and red wines from Argentina, despite the advertisement that it features Argentine is the featured country, along with emerging European wine producers.

Emerging European wines on offer are from Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia and Georgia. Strictly speaking, Armenia and Georgia are located in Asia, but how Vintages management managed to place both in Europe is a mystery!

The only red wine that stood out is from Armenia and which an Argentine winemaker made helped by Michel Rolland, the world famous flying wine consultant from Bordeaux.

My recommendations follow.

Spirits

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, John B. Stetson, Kentucky, U S A
This twice copper still- distilled Bourbon was aged for more than four years in American white oak barrels. It is silky smooth, intense, with a spicy finish.
89+/100
700 ml., $ 48.95

Also recommended

Old Weller Antique 107 Straight Bourbon, Weller Distillery, Kentucky, U S A
89/100
750ml., $ 34.95

Ceobanach Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Bunnahabhain, Islay, Scotland.
89+/100
$ 100.95

Sparkling wines

Origin Brut Champagne, Tribaut, Champagne, France
88+/100
$ 34.95

Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut Cava, Freixenet, Penedes, Spain
87+/100
$ 19.95

Dessert wine

Vidal Icewine, 2015, Riverwiev Cellars, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Smells of dried apples, and floral aromas emanate.
Smooth, balanced, with a vibrancy core and great harmony.
90/100
375 ml., $ 50.05

White wines

Private Reserve Chardonnay, 2015, Bringer, Napa Valley, California
Golden colour. A typical high alcohol (14.9 ABV) California chardonnay. Full bodied, offers citrus aromas and toasted oak flavours.
A fine wine to enjoy now, or cellar for three to four years”
88/100
No price provided

Also recommended

Diamond Collection Label Chardonnay, 2015, Francis Coppola, Napa Valley, California
78+/100
$ 23.95

Chardonnay, 2015, Hogue Cellar, Washington State, U S A
87+/100
$ 15.95

Gewurztraminer, 2015, Henri Ehrhart, Alsace, France
88+/100
$ 21.95

Signature Series Chardonnay, 2015, Robert Oatley, Margaret River, Western Australia
87+/100
$ 18.95

Pouilly Fuisse, 2015, Jean-Pierre Seve, Burgundy, France
88+/100
$ 29.95

Red wines

Gran Lurton Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Bodega Piedra Negra, Jacques et Francois Lurton, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Dark red with violet reflections. Offers black currant aromas underlined with nutty flavours, Full bodied, intense, tightly wound. Long finish. Cellar for at least four years, and ideally for six to years.
89/100
$ 24.95

Shiraz/Viognier, 2015, The Black Chook, McLaren Vale/Padthaway, South Australia
Dark brilliant red. Aromas of black currant and mulberries waft out of the glass. Full=bodied, intense, well balanced, and refined. Cellar for three years.
89+é/00
No price

Also recommended

Paisaje De Tupungato, 201, Finca Flichman, Mendoza, Argentina
89/100
$ 18.95

Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015, Finca Sophenia, Mendoza, Argentina
89/100
$ 17.95

Karas Red, 2016, Tierras de Armenia, Armavir Region, Armenia
86/100
No price

Barolo, 2012, Rocca, Piedmont, Italy
89/100
$ 38.95

Corvina Veronese, 2015, La Collina dei Ciliegi, Veneto, Italy
88+/100
$ 14.95

Tres Picos Garnacha, 2015, Borsao, Campo de Borja, Spain
89/100
$ 19.95

Red Crianza, 2012, Legon, Ribera del Duero, Spain
89/100
$ 19.95

Gran Reserva, 2007, Vina Olabarri, Rioja, Spain
89/100
$ 24.95

Finca del Marquesado Reserva, 2009, Bodegas Valdemar, Rioja Spain
89/100
$ 17.95

Rose wines

Rose, 2016, Featherstone, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
85/100
$ 15.95

Chateau De Selle Coeur De Grain Rose,2016, Domaine Ott, Provence, France
85/10
$ 47.95

Rose.105, Miraval, Provence, France
85/100
Magnum $ 46.95

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The Oxford Companion to Cheese https://magazine.winesworld.net/oxford-companion-cheese/5888/ https://magazine.winesworld.net/oxford-companion-cheese/5888/#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 07:26:57 +0000 https://magazine.winesworld.net/?p=5888 Hundreds of books on cheese production, its use in culinary circles, for consumers, have been written, but The Oxford Companion To Cheese can claim to be the first truly comprehensive reference work dedicated to the exploration of how four basic ingredients transform into more than 1400 specific varieties enjoyed throughout […]

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Hundreds of books on cheese production, its use in culinary circles, for consumers, have been written, but The Oxford Companion To Cheese can claim to be the first truly comprehensive reference work dedicated to the exploration of how four basic ingredients transform into more than 1400 specific varieties enjoyed throughout the world.

This voluminous books covers cottage cheese to Camembert, from Gorgonzola to Gruyere, in the farm, under the microscope, in cheese shops, and on the plate.

The Oxford Companion To Cheese not only discusses all famous cheeses, but also lesser known ones from Turkey and Iran, except those from Armenia and Russia.

North Americans have belatedly discovered the joys of artisanal cheese offered by specialist cheese mongers, but unfortunately,only in big cities. In smaller and remote towns consumers must rely on online shopping or contend with meagre selections in local grocery stores.

To discuss cheese in its countless forms and contexts the editor enlisted the expertise of 325 contributors.

This is a go-to source for all things involving cheese for dairy farmers, cheese makers, rafineurs, chefs, wine enthusiasts and consumers.

The depth and breadth of The Oxford Companion To Cheese is overwhelming and deserves a prominent place in all public and private libraries as an unequalled reference source.

The Oxford Companion To Cheese is the definitive guide to one of the humankind’s greatest discoveries.

Read it, study it, try as many cheeses as you can, and refer to it when needed.

Highly recommended.

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The Other Paris https://magazine.winesworld.net/the-other-paris/5886/ https://magazine.winesworld.net/the-other-paris/5886/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 07:24:22 +0000 https://magazine.winesworld.net/?p=5886 Paris, the city of lights, was founded around 900 A D, and is the most populous of France. The city attracts millions of tourists, and while most visit the famous sites many are generally oblivious of its past. Each arrondissment (district) has a distinct history, citizens specializing in a craft, […]

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Paris, the city of lights, was founded around 900 A D, and is the most populous of France.

The city attracts millions of tourists, and while most visit the famous sites many are generally oblivious of its past.
Each arrondissment (district) has a distinct history, citizens specializing in a craft, industry, night life, and its share of drinking establishments (bistros), some serving wines , anthers beers.

Luc Sante pays a paean and eulogy of old Paris delving into anarchy, crime, and serendipity that once shaped the character of the city.

Up to the 19th century, rag pickers were combing the city to pick up rags, and anything edible, or usable to recycle or consume.

The author wrote an informative book, lively in style, evoking the turbulence of a vanished periods of Paris.

He deals with a  specific period in each chapter and explores its history, the dominant characters, how administrators reacted, or combated uprisings.

Paris` rich history is unfailingly linked to its modern look ad behaviour of its citizens.

Parisians never meekly accepted overwhelming government power, unreasonable rules and regulations. Revolts occurred frequently and violence swept through an entire district.

The Other Paris exposes excesses of bon vivants and speculators by telling the story of the needy, poor, and those excluded from comforts of the time. Capitalists reigned the city administration and lived their lives to the fullest while working people barely got by.

An excellent book on the history of Paris. It should be studied by anyone planning to visit the city, all historians, and students of the French culture.

Highly recommended.

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Secret Paris https://magazine.winesworld.net/secret-paris/5884/ https://magazine.winesworld.net/secret-paris/5884/#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 07:11:27 +0000 https://magazine.winesworld.net/?p=5884 Paris attracts millions of tourists and most visit mainly famous sites, a few museums, mainly the Louvre, one or two world famous restaurants and think they have seen what this fascinating city has to offer. In reality, Paris is much more than a few sites. It has 20 neighbourhoods (arrondissments) […]

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Paris attracts millions of tourists and most visit mainly famous sites, a few museums, mainly the Louvre, one or two world famous restaurants and think they have seen what this fascinating city has to offer.

In reality, Paris is much more than a few sites. It has 20 neighbourhoods (arrondissments) each offering a number of interesting sites. Take the Eiffel Tower in the seventh district. Once you have  have visited it, you should also visit nearby sites. In this case it is the Chimney Of The Eiffel Tower, The Garden Of The Lutheran Church and the Vertical Gardens which in their own right are of interest and complete the experience.

The same is true for each arrondissment.

This handy book is full of such interesting and worthwhile but less known sites, Visitors to Paris spend only a few days in the city, but ideally any tourist should spend at least one week to get an idea of this historic and interesting city on teh River Seine.

Secret Paris is full of pointers that will make any visitor understand and appreciate Paris and its sites much better.

A map prefaces each district with all sites clearly marked. The first map of the book is to scale while those that follow are to scale but the scale is absent. Interested parties must use a ruler to determine distances involved. Garance and M. Ratton have accomplished monumental task by writing a book in which each district’s sites are documented and explained.

Anyone planning to visit Paris should buy this informative book, study it, and decide, based on the time available, which site deserves his/her attention.

Highly recommend.

(This publisher has 33 other similar guides ranging from Amsterdam to Washington D.C)

 

 

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Feast https://magazine.winesworld.net/feast-2/5882/ https://magazine.winesworld.net/feast-2/5882/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 07:08:14 +0000 https://magazine.winesworld.net/?p=5882 Feast showcases the diversity of Canada’s landscape and at the same time provides insights into the wild ingredients, products, climates, and cultures that coexist peacefully. In this well researched, well laid out book that is embellished with beautiful photographs the authors capture the essence of Canada’s diverse and constantly changing […]

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Feast showcases the diversity of Canada’s landscape and at the same time provides insights into the wild ingredients, products, climates, and cultures that coexist peacefully.

In this well researched, well laid out book that is embellished with beautiful photographs the authors capture the essence of Canada’s diverse and constantly changing culture, presenting an inspiring book.

The authors decided to travel coast to coast to coast  from the Pacific- to the Atlantic- and to the Arctic Oceans, stopping in all provinces and territories to explore, taste local foods, and gather recipes.

FEAST is not just a Canadian cookbook, but a story of friendship to inspire you to favour locally produced foods, and recipes invented by creative cooks, including several First Nations and Inuit specialties.

The book contains breakfast and brunch, vegetarian main courses, meat dishes, seafood recipe, then switches to salads, desserts, baking, preserves, pickles, and sauces.

There are short, informative pages on each province’s food culture and personal experiences with chefs, fishermen, cattlemen and more.

This is a book to study, try innovative recipes, and to get inspired to travel the width and breath of this vast, multicultural country to learn more about its culinary treasures.

You can use for your everyday cooking, but also to plan theme parties.

Highly recommended.

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A memorable comparative chardonnay tasting https://magazine.winesworld.net/memorable-comparative-chardonnay-tasting/5878/ https://magazine.winesworld.net/memorable-comparative-chardonnay-tasting/5878/#comments Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:53:20 +0000 https://magazine.winesworld.net/?p=5878 Chardonnay is the most widely planted white wine grape variety from Burgundy (its birthplace) British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, and from California to Greece and everywhere in between. It may be un-oaked as is the case in Chablis or Ontario, or California, or aged in oak barrels fro a few months […]

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Chardonnay is the most widely planted white wine grape variety from Burgundy (its birthplace) British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, and from California to Greece and everywhere in between.

It may be un-oaked as is the case in Chablis or Ontario, or California, or aged in oak barrels fro a few months or longer.

Most consider Burgundy to produce the finest chardonnays but only in successful vintages. Unfortunately, climatic conditions in Burgundy change from year to year, whereas in British Columbia, or California weather changes occur less perceptibly.

Mission Hill winery’s owner Anthony von Mandl loves art and wine and wants to produce the best chardonnay possible in British Columbia, and decided to create an artisanal winery specializing in chardonnay and merlot.

The CheckMate Winery uses exclusively fruit grown on five specially selected vineyards in the Okanagan Valley on elevations ranging fro 1040 – 1309 feet above sea level (312 – 392 metres). Yields on these vineyards are low (2 1é2tons per acre (approximately 7 tons per hetcare0.

All checkmate wines are wild ferment and aged between 14 to 16 months in French oak barrels.

Recently, the winemaker staged a comparative blind tasting of CheckMate chardonnays, along with two famous Burgundian, one outstanding Argentine, and one outstanding Californian chardonnay.

I was suitably impressed with the quality of all the wines.

Here are my scores in this blind tasting.

Prices were made available after the tasting.

CheckMate Chardonnays:

Capture Vineyard 2014 ( 14.5ABV)
89/100
$ 90.00

Queen taken, 2014, (14.1 ABV)
89+/100
$ 125.00

Littlepawn, 2104, (14.1 ABV)
90/100
$ 110/00

Knight`s Challenge, 2014, (14.3 ABV)
91/100
$ 115.00

Fool`s Mate 2014, (14.3 ABV)
92+/100
$ 80.00

Attack, 2014(14.3ABV) 93+/100
$ 150.00

Chassagne-Montrachet, 2014, Domaine Marc-Morey, (14.2 ABV), Burgundy
90+/100
$ 80.00

Wayfarer Vineyard Chardonnay, 2014, (14.8 ABV), The Wayfarer Winery, Sonoma Coast, California
93+/100
$ 150.00

Meursault, 2014, Domaine Latour-Giruad, ( 12.5 ABV), Burgundy
93+/100
$ 104.00

Adriana Vineyard White Stones Chardonnay, 2014, Bodega Catena Zapata, Argentina
94+/100
$ 90.00

All Chekmate wines are produced in very small quantities ( two to eight barrels of 225 litter capacity).
Anthony Wines represent CheckMate wines in Ontario
For orders contact
Checkmatewinery.com
Telephone 250 707 2299

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Poland – Viticulture and Wines https://magazine.winesworld.net/poland-viticulture-wines/5876/ https://magazine.winesworld.net/poland-viticulture-wines/5876/#comments Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:37:39 +0000 https://magazine.winesworld.net/?p=5876 Winemaking and drinking in Poland started with the introduction of Christianity around the fourth century A D. Vineyards were planted around Krakow in the south hugging the Karpat Mountains. Eleven centuries later as the climate turned cold, many people switched to vodka and beer. While Russians claim to have invented […]

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Poland – Viticulture and Wines

Winemaking and drinking in Poland started with the introduction of Christianity around the fourth century A D.

Vineyards were planted around Krakow in the south hugging the Karpat Mountains.

Eleven centuries later as the climate turned cold, many people switched to vodka and beer.

While Russians claim to have invented vodka, Polish researchers are adamant in claiming credit for its invention.

Vineyards existed up to World War II around Silesia, and Zielona Gora.

After 1990 with the economic “freedom” growth of the economy the population became more prosperous, drinking wine was made fashionable by newspaper articles, TV programs, word-of-mouth, and winery advertising. The government also encourage wine drinking perceiving it to be healthier than consuming vodka that contains much more alcohol.

Wine is perceived to be healthier alcoholic beverage than hard liquor.

Presently, most of the vineyards are located around Krakow ( latitude 50 north) close to Slovakia.

In Canada, Winnipeg lies on 50 latitude north, and as everyone knows, grapes do not grow in Manitoba.

In Poland, with Atlantic Ocean’s vicinity, and the climatic influence of the Gulf Stream, hardy hybrid grapes grow pending on conditions of the growing season.

In total approximately 1000 hectares are under vines, yielding approximately four million bottles, although most wineries are small family holdings; only four are relatively large.

There are tentatively five (unofficial) wine regions `Lubuskie (around Zielona gora), Dolny Slask, Malopolska, Podkarpacie, and Malopolski Przelow Wisly.

White grapes are preferred due to the cool climate, and are – jutrzenka (seyve villard x pinot blanc), frumaoasa, albae, kristaly, muskat letni, perta zali, prim, regina, V 64035, bianca, wostorg, Ontario, adalmiina, hibernal, johanniter, arkadia, la crescent, muskat odeski, prairie star, seyval blanc, serena, solaris, sibera, ortega, traminer, siegerrebe and traminer zeint.

Grape growers are still trying to determine the most suitable verities for their terroir.

For reds, the following are planted – medina, golubok, dolnaj, agni, cascade, frontenac, heridan, Leon-Millot, Marechal Foch, regent, sabrevois, zweigely, pinot noir precoce, wisznowy rannij, Swenson red, schyler, Victoria 5. V 68021, allwood, concord, fredonia, agat donski, ajwaz, alden linset, kodrianka, muskat bleu, and kryzownivowyj.

Polish wines are generally pale in colour, acid driven, and light to medium bodied. Most have to be chaptalized to achieve desirable alcohol levels, and should be consumed with food.

White grapes are more suitable for sparkling wine production due to their high acid content.

Global warming may help improve ripening, sugar content and colour.

 

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