01/09/2017Never before have there been so many wines with an organic seal as today. And everything points to the fact that there will be many more. In a flood of ever increasing demand, many specialists ride their own wave. Biodynamic, natural and orange wines stand out from the mainstream. The market is becoming increasingly diversified. Where is the journey headed?
01/04/2017Wine and health is one of the major topics of the world of wine. Although the discussion is mainly conducted using scientific arguments, the atmosphere is often highly emotional. There are studies galore with more and more indicators. However, a clear result is further away than ever. Thereby, some of the results could be reliable.
01/02/2017Only a few decades ago, Prosecco was nothing more than a wine from the area to the north of Trieste. It has come a long way, thanks to its uncomplicated character. The sparkling wine is consumed on five continents and has quantitatively outperformed the competition. Prosecco does not even have particularly great brands – but it is a darling of fortune.
01/01/2017Wine and brandy from apples is often an alternative in those places where vines cannot thrive. In Normandy, producers look in more detail into the quality spectrum of the fruit. In addition to the classic Calvados, the really rather rural cider has the talent to conquer a place in the hipster bars of this world – and is now getting unexpected competition from the neighbourhood.
01/12/2016The history of winegrowing in Lebanon goes back an incredible 5000 years. However, the present is determined by the situation in the neighbouring countries of Israel and Syria. In the middle of the witch’s cauldron of world politics, oenologists are looking for the best way of working in this fine terroir. And in spite of all the history, winegrowing is somehow only at the start.
Bottles with diverse labels and cork closures differentiate wine from all other beverages. At the same time, the individual packaging is cumbersome when selling the product. The handling causes work, and what remains in the bottles has a very limited shelf life. Here, dispensing systems are a useful addition.
For the longest time in the 20th century, corks were considered to be the only true closure for a wine bottle. Nobody probably ever questioned that. However, with increasing consumption, the natural product revealed its weaknesses. “Cork taint“ made alternative stoppers seem attractive – although not really acceptable at first. Today, a lot has changed in both sectors.
Barolo is Italy’s superlative wine. It needs decades to mature. And even then, it is more something for connoisseurs, namely, quite unexpectedly serious for an Italian. However, Nebbiolo is not only an unusually difficult and complex grape. Based on the grape variety, the discussion of the importance of the terroir can be had here like on hardly any other grape variety.
For centuries now, wine has been playing a political role in Mexico. Nevertheless, the country does not belong to the well-known producer countries of the wine world. Should the quality continue to increase, this could very well change.