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.
The variety of grape is one of the most important factors when it comes to deciding what to purchase. Some become trends that function almost independently from their origin. Sauvignon Blanc is cultivated across the globe today. It is regarded as a high-quality white wine that can hold its head up high.
"We harvest around one hundred tonnes of grapes every year “, explains Tanya Avramova, that is 100,000 bottles every year, "and we could do a lot more". You cannot live from a small-scale operation here." That might sound a bit brisk for a vineyard that has been in business for five years. But it describes the situation that so many small winemaking operations have in Bulgaria.
A lot has been going on in Rioja. The traditional Spanish winegrowing region has changed which is reflected by a fascinating architecture. Modern vineyards appear like a symbol of the change from a very old wine style to very modern wines, which are made with a great deal of technical effort.