US Wine Fun Facts

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Here are some fun and interesting facts we thought you’d enjoy about US wine consumption and production. Did you know…..? Consumption Fun Facts •US wine consumption has been growing steadily for years and in 2010, we passed France to become the world’s #1 consumer of wine by volume, according to wine industry consultants Gomberg, Fredrikson…

Under the Sea: 200-Year-Old Champagne

In July of 2010, bottles of château-aged, ultra-premium Champagne—lost for more than 170 years—were discovered by marine archaeologists inside a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. The site of the wreckage was in waters belonging to the Aland Islands, a Finnish archipelago located between Sweden and Finland. The vessel was a twin-masted schooner, believed to have…

The Colonial Roots of the US Wine Industry

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“We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good…” Thomas Jefferson, 1776 In 1562, Jean Ribault arrived in North America, leading an expedition to establish a haven for Protestants from France. They founded Fort Caroline, the…

Chianti

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Chianti, a red wine produced in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, is a wine with a complicated history. Once upon a time “Chianti” signified the white wines of the area. A couple hundred years later it had become red, and winemakers of the area were starting their slow march towards producing the wine we drink…

An Overview of the Italian Wine Industry

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Prior to the Romans, Etruscans, as well as Greek settlers, made wine in the area that is now Italy. Currently, Italy is the second-largest producer of wine by value and by volume. Italy overtook France as the number one wine producer by volume in the world as recently as 2008, however, the Italians slipped back…

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast is an AVA that encompasses vineyards that run along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean within the larger region of Sonoma County. Because the vineyards that grow in this area are closest to the ocean, they’re also the coolest and get the most moisture from the fog that rolls in off the ocean….

Barossa Shiraz

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  Whether you call it Shiraz or Syrah (as it is known in some regions), it’s a big, bold wine. Shiraz is known for its spice and for big flavors. It’s a grape that, although it has always been one of the more popular varietals has not yet had its moment in the spotlight. Shiraz…

The Varietals and Sub Regions of Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is perhaps the most famous and prodigious wine region in the world. The five varietals of Bordeaux are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. For a long time there was a sixth varietal, Carménère, and it is still grown in small amounts in Bordeaux, but the grape has fallen out of favor…

Bordeaux

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All of the wines that Vine Talk tasted during our Bordeaux episode were from the prestigious Médoc region on Bordeaux’s left bank. Médoc produces not only most of the wines from Bordeaux – but also the best and most expensive ones. A wine can only be called Bordeaux if it is made in Bordeaux from…

An Overview of the French Wine Industry

France is the world’s top producer and exporter of wine in terms of value, and is internationally recognized as the leader in production of premium wines. The French produce between seven and eight billion bottles of wine per year–more than enough to supply every person on the planet with his or her own bottle! It…