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…

Arriba! Sangria!

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Sangria. Sahn-gree-yah. It’s hard not to say the word without a fleeting inclination to do some flamenco. With a name that evokes the Spanish word for blood (Sangre), Sangria is a fruit-and-liquor laced wine punch beloved by Spaniards and…well, just about everyone else. The tradition of Sangria can be traced back only so far to…

An Introduction to Spanish Wine Classifications

Spain is organized into wine districts which are recognized on wine bottles by a label indicating the Denominación de Origen, or Designation of Origin. The DO system guarantees the wine’s precise origin, the grape variety or varieties used, and production methods employed. It is a quality control system put in place by law by the…

Rioja

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Riojas have a lot in common with Bordeauxs. Both wines are made from a traditional distinct and time-tested blend of a few different varietals. Any wine classified as a Rioja will be a Tempranillo-based blend that incorporates smaller amounts of Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano grapes. Rioja is especially known for the notes of vanilla and…

An Overview of the Spanish Wine Industry

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Both in quality and quantity, Spain is a world-class producer of wines. Currently there are close to three million Spanish acres sown with wine grapes, making it the most widely planted wine-producing nation. Worldwide, only France and Italy manage to bottle more wine than Spain. The discrepancy is due to Spanish vineyards’ tendency to have…