• A short history of wine

    Date: 19-07-2017

    The oldest evidence of winemaking comes to us from the Caucasus region and the Middle East (where the present-day countries of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran and Iraq intersect).

  • Wine Chemistry

    Date: 19-07-2017

    Oxidation Oxidation occurs when a chemical compound loses electrons. Oxidation is considered beneficial in some winemaking circumstances, but excessive exposure to oxygen under the wrong circumstances can cause a wine to spoil. Oxidation sets in as

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Campania signifies that we are coming to the south of Italy. Centered around the great city of Naples, Campania is Italy’s most densely populated area. Campania’s wine roots pre-date Rome, stretching back to the Greek colonial period, where th

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 17-07-2017

     Puglia is often called the heel of the Italian boot, but if we take a look we see that this large region is more fittingly called the heel and the spur. North-south oriented Puglia looks out to the Adriatic Sea on its entire eastern length and to th

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, a continuous producer of wine for over 2500 years. For years known just for sweet Marsala and Moscato wines, and high volume dry wines both red and white, richly diverse Sicily is making a name for itself

  • Europe Hungary

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Ask most wine drinkers what they know about Hungary, and the answer will likely be two wines: Tokaji and Bull’s Blood. These two wines sit at opposite extremes of quality and price. Tokaji Aszú, from the northeast of Hungary, is the formidabl

  • World Wine Regions Europe Cyprus

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Recent archaeological evidence suggests that winemaking on the island of Cyprus dates back to 3500 BC, more than 5500 years ago. A mere thousand years ago the island’s sweet wine Commandaria had a reputation second to none in Europe. Winemaking declined with the Ott

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Umbria is Italy’s only region that does not border either a foreign country or a sea. This is the heart of Italy, a country of rolling hills among craggier heights. Long a second fiddle to the vinous magnificence of its Tuscan neighbor to the west, Umbria has in rec

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The map of Tuscany might seem a little daunting at first, but it becomes simpler if you consider than the vast majority of the colored spaces on the map grow some form of Sangiovese. The big three Sangiovese wines are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and V

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Friuli-Venezia Giulia encompasses the far north-eastern corner of Italy bordering Austria on the north, Slovenia to the east, the Veneto to the west and the Gulf of Trieste to the south. The north of the region is alpine, the south more Mediterranean, but

  • The Wine Regions of France The Loire Valley

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The Loire is the longest river in France. It originates in the Massif Central in the Cévennes range, flows south to north and makes an abrupt turn to the west at Orléans, flowing then toward the Atlantic Ocean. The northern region, considered one of the most

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The Veneto in Italy’s northeast produces more wine than any other region, and a great deal of it is DOC and DOCG wine. Its most important wine is Valpolicella (the land of many cellars), which itself breaks down into a fine hierarch

  • World Wine Regions Europe Italy

    Date: 18-07-2017

    We finished France by explaining the apparent blank spots on the map, those regions where wine is not produced. We do not have to do this with Italy. Italy has twenty regions. Out of these twenty regions, twenty produce wine. The Italian wine map has no blank spo

  • Sonoma County

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Sonoma is a patchwork quilt of wine appellations, several of which overlap. Visually, the lines formed by Sonoma’s AVA boundaries push down from the northwest to the southeast. We need to draw another important line that challenges this up/down statement, penciling

  • Napa County

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Raw numbers often speak louder than refined wine: Napa county accounts for a full twenty percent of the dollar value of California’s wine grapes on just four percent of its volume.  Napa is so world renowned for its distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon that it

  • California Central Valley

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Shown in yellow on our California wine map, the flat Central Valley stretches more than 450 miles southeast to northwest through the center of the state. The flat, largely irrigated valley is about 40 to 60 miles wide. It features some of the most productive agricultural