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 […]

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 […]