Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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If you’re unfamiliar with Oregon Pinot Noirs, it can be tempting to approach them with California in mind—and in fact, there are similarities. Both California and Oregon are younger Pinot-producing regions where innovative winemakers have found their stride, and both states now produce not only some of the best examples of Pinot Noir, but the…

Wine in Ancient Egypt

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When someone mentions Egypt’s King Tut, most of us think of his dazzling god mask. But did you know that his tomb also held an impressive stash of wine? Here’s more on the cultural significance of wine in ancient Egypt. In ancient Egypt, wine, referred to as irp, was enjoyed almost exclusively by kings and…

Grape Fun Facts

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Grapes are VINE TALK’s favorite fruit because of all the wonderful wines produced from their juice. We thought it would be fun to find out a little more about this fabulous fruit, so we did a little research and came up with these interesting facts we thought you might enjoy… •Grapes are berries. A cluster…

An Overview of the Australian Wine Industry

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Australia is one of the world’s most prolific wine-producing nations, exporting more than 400 million liters per year.  Britain and the United States are major importers, but many other countries, including India and countries in South Asia, also import Australian wines.  Australians consume more than 600 million bottles of their own wine annually. There are…

6,000 Year Old Winery Discovered

The earliest evidence of sophisticated, organized wine production was recently discovered by an international team of archaeologists excavating a site in Armenia. In January of 2011, the group reported having unearthed a beautifully preserved wine press from the Copper Age in a cave near the mountain village of Areni. The wine press was connected to…

Wine, No Grapes Included

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At the end of the day, wine, whether it is good or bad, red or white, cheap or expensive, is basically aged and fermented grape juice.   Turns out, grapes are not the only fruit used to make wine, nor is wine made from grapes the oldest form. That distinction belongs to honey wine, also known…

The Scoop on Tannins

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You’ve probably heard the word “tannins” many a time, and if you asked what they are, you probably got a vague explanation like “it’s the thing in wine that makes your mouth feel dry and your lips pucker.”  While this is a good description of the sensation tannins cause in your mouth, it doesn’t really…

How Sweet Wine Is Made

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Sweet wines are sweet because they contain residual sugar. Residual sugar is natural grape sugar that either remains unfermented at the end of the fermentation process or is introduced to the wine after fermentation via a sweetening agent. Dry wines typically have only 0.1–0.2% residual sugar. By comparison semisweet wines usually have 1–3% residual sugar,…

Bomb Squad Destroys Pre-WWII Wine Collection

Decanter reports that a pre-World War II wine collection was recently discovered in a British garden—but, sadly, it was blown up by the bomb squad a short time later. Here’s what happened… Tim Woodall told Decanter that he was recently digging in his garden in Suffolk, England when he found a metal cylinder. Thinking it…

Fun Facts: Thomas Jefferson and Wine

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Thomas Jefferson’s fondness for wine is well known. Here are some fun facts on his lifelong interest from Thomas Jefferson on Wine by John Hailman. •Thomas Jefferson was interested in wine from an early age. It is believed he was first introduced to fine wines by the royal governor of Virginia, Francis Fauquier, who Jefferson…