• Red Wine Grapes and Their Personalities

    Date: 19-07-2017

    We use the terms “black grapes” and “red grapes” interchangeably. In either case, these grapes produce what is commonly termed “red” wine. Red grapes vary immensely as to the climates they prefer, the acidity they bring to the table, an

  • White Wine Grapes and Their Personalities

    Date: 19-07-2017

    What we call “white” wine grapes actually run from green to golden in color. We call these grapes and the wine they produce “white” for convenience. No prizes will be awarded for guessing which one we start with. a. Chardonnay: The Lady

  • Vine Diseases and Pests

    Date: 19-07-2017

    We have already covered phylloxera. Phylloxera might be the worst scourge ever to hit wine grapes, but it is by no means the only one. Vines are subject to attack from pests that range from deer to birds. We cover here the major fungal vine disease, several bacterial dise

  • Wine and Health

    Date: 19-07-2017

      Moderate consumption of wine is widely thought to be “good for you,” decreasing the risk of heart problems, strokes, diabetes and cancer. Drink more than this and, so the conventional wisdom goes, the alcohol in the wine will have deleterious eff

  • World Wine Regions

    Date: 19-07-2017

    North America The United States     Prohibition of alcoholic beverages was repealed in the United States in 1933, but the effects are still felt—in federal wine labeling laws, in the marketplace, in the con

  • World Wine Regions

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Portugal has lost its fair shares of wars, but one war it has most definitely won: the war against the French grapes. French grapes pushed their international way into Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece—all of Europe, except isolated backward-looking Portugal. As a resul

  • World Wine Regions

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Germany has thirteen regions, all closely associated with rivers. Eleven are in the old West Germany, two in the old German Democratic Republic.  German wines are poorly understood. A few key points should clear this up.  For years, oceans of sweet

  • World Wine Regions Europe Spain

    Date: 17-07-2017

    The Phoenicians—before the Greeks—brought winemaking to Spain by 1000 BC. Spain has extremely varied climates and terrains, from the arid central plateau, northeast to the sea spray of Rias Baixas in Galicia, south to the sunny climes of Andalucía. Alth

  • World Wine Regions Europe Luxembourg

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Wine has been produced in Luxembourg continuously since Roman times. Luxembourg wine production is centered in the country’s southeast, where it is largely in the hands of cooperatives who sell the wine under the name of "Vinsmoselle". The cooperatives operate a spa

  • World Wine Regions

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Austrian wine has changed a great deal over the last few decades—for the better. The improvement took place because of a terrible event, the Austrian diethylene glycol wine scandal of 1985. German wine laboratories discovered that some Austrian producers had added d

  • World Wine Regions Europe England

    Date: 17-07-2017

    The English have always taken wine quite seriously, even if they have not been able to grow many vines because of their high latitude and wet rainy climate. Global warming is helping them, however. Growers are choosing their varieties with care, opting for climate-appropr

  • World Wine Regions

    Date: 17-07-2017

    The landlocked European country of Switzerland is more than just watches, army knives, banks, and world-class tennis stars: it produces wine, and much extremely fine wine. The Swiss drink a great deal of wine, encompassing nearly all the wine they themselves produce and m

  • World Wine Regions

    Date: 17-07-2017

    The Czech Republic is better known for beer than wine. Some wine is made in the western area of Bohemia, but 95% of wine production takes place in the southwest, Moravia, adjacent to the Austrian wine producing region of Niederösterreich. &nbs

  • World Wine Regions Europe Slovakia

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Slovakia produces its wine along most of its southern border with Austria and Hungary.  The Malokarpatská, “Lesser Carpathian” wine region, is in the west. Veltlínske Zelenéis is the most grown

  • World Wine Regions

    Date: 17-07-2017

    The Dinaric Alps split Croatia into two widely different wine regions, both producing primarily white grapes. The interior region, with its continental climate, is home to the Slavonian oak forest, used for wine aging barrels as an alternative to both Fre

  • World Wine Regions

    Date: 17-07-2017

    An ex-Yugoslav republic on the Adriatic coast across from Italy’s Puglia, Montenegro is dry and mountainous, with a Mediterranean climate. Vines grow at up to 2000 feet above sea level. Its two regions are the Lake Skadar Region and the Coas

  • World Wine Regions Europe Serbia and Kosovo

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Wine in Serbia goes back to Roman time, but the twentieth century saw the near total destruction of Serbia’s grapevines. First came the devastation of phylloxera, then two world wars, the post-war era of communist collectivization of agriculture in Yugoslavia, and f

  • World Wine Regions

    Date: 17-07-2017

    The horrible 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina damaged much of the region’s viticulture and it still has not recovered. The Neretva Valley/Mostar region is the most important production region. Slightly more than half of all plantings are white gr

  • World Wine Regions Europe Macedonia

    Date: 17-07-2017

    The geographic region called Macedonia stretches over northern Greece, part of Bulgaria, and the present-day landlocked country of Macedonia, which occupies the region’s northern third. The Republic of Macedonia is inhabited by a majority of Macedonians, who speak a

  • World Wine Regions Europe Romania

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Romania has a romance language, deep connections with France, and a wine culture that dates back to the Romans from which the country’s language, and name, derives. Although on the same latitudes as France, one cannot stretch the parallels too far. The Romanian clim