Tag: Grape

Portuguese Tasting
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Portugal’s indigenous grape varieties

Modern viticulturists in most countries with moderate climates succumbed to the allure of world famous French grape varieties like chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, pinot noir, syrah just to name a few. Riesling is also popular, but much less, because of its specific terroir requirements. Portuguese growers […]

Flavour and aromatic characteristics of popular grape varieties
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Flavour and aromatic characteristics of popular grape varieties

Researchers established that there are more than 1400 grape varieties, but 80 per cent of world wine production is derived from 20 grape varieties. Wine drinkers are essentially being forced to enjoy the intrinsic characteristics of a miniscule portion of nature’s bounty. This is mostly due to the invention of […]

Verdejo – The revival of an ancient spanish white grape.
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Verdejo – The revival of an ancient spanish white grape.

Ask any wine enthusiast about verdejo and they will tell about a fresh, light fragrant libation, exuding surprising aromas of grass. Modern verdejos are soft and refreshing. They are now starting to be recognised as fine dry wines with unique flavours. Verdejo originates in North Africa, was brought to Spain […]

Lesser-Known Facts About Grape Ripeness.
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Lesser-Known Facts About Grape Ripeness.

Winemakers and growers define fruit ripeness differently, but everyone agrees that ripe grapes are essential for high quality wine. Flavour and aromas develop in the vineyard, but scientists comprehend how terroir, vineyard management, and clones influence ripeness and contribute to the attractiveness and quality of the wine. Historically, growers relied […]

Gruner Veltliner – Austria's Signature White Grape.
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Gruner Veltliner – Austria's Signature White Grape.

Austria’s four eastern states produce mostly white wines on relatively flat terrain, although of late there has been a considerable increase in red wine production. After the wine adulteration scandal in early 1980’s, the government legislated the strictest wine laws, and enforces them vigorously. There are 35 officially sanctioned grape […]

Syrah – The next universal Red Wine Grape.
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Syrah – The next universal Red Wine Grape.

Syrah, the predominant grape of northern Cotes du Rhone, is one of the noblest varieties capable of reflecting terroir perfectly. There are many theories regarding its place of origin, some of which are captivating but untrue. The one most popular but incorrect is that it was brought by the commanders […]

Aromatic and Taste Profiles of Popular Grape Varieties.
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Aromatic and Taste Profiles of Popular Grape Varieties.

Popular Grape Varieties Epicures and gourmets have known for centuries that fruits and vegetables taste different according to the environment in which they grow. Through trial and error, framers determined what type of soil and climatic conditions are best for certain vegetables and fruits. Asparagus from Lauris or Argenteuil (France), […]

Canada’s Modern Grape Varieties from Aligote to Zweigelt.
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Canada’s Modern Grape Varieties from Aligote to Zweigelt.

Canada’s Modern Grape Varieties When the Vikings first reached the shores of eastern America, the land was covered with wild grapes that belong to vitis rotundifolia, – labrusca and – riparia family grape varieties. They resist severe colds (below – 25 C) and are relatively immune to the phylloxera vastatrix […]