December 9th, 2012
The low ridge that runs parallel to the Garonne, on the right bank, stores the Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux. The white wines are found in the south and in the north the red wines dominate the area. The finest white wines come from Lou-Piac and Sainte-Croix-du-Uont, who never disappoint the fans of dessert wines. Their great sweet wines are especially delicious. For many of these types of wines, a new era is dawning; however, many growers in this region have converted over to the production of a dryer type of wine.
Graves and Entre-Deux-Mers
Actually, Graves was the ancient center of Bordeaux wine; instead of the Médoc that now holds sway. The area covers the left bank of the Garonne as a continuation of the Haut-Médoc southbound. The bottom is covered with a heavy layer of gravel or sand into a ‘grave’, as the French call it, hence the name Graves.
It is a flat country, and wherever you look, you see vineyards here and there marked by narrow lanes and dark pine groves. Graves is known for its white wines, even while it is the excellent red wines that are that are strong like the red wines of the Medoc. Some wines are just as good as the great wines of Pauillac and Margaux. What both have in common is the extraordinary fragrance and finesse.
Chateau Haut-Brion belongs to the absolute top of the charts for wines. This château, together with Chateau Margaux, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Latour in Pauillac are where five premier wines are located. The white graves wine is dry to semi-sweet.
Only a part of the production delivers higher quality wines, and the rest may be described as ‘cheap white wines. Graves has two appellations, the appellation Graves and Graves appellation Supérieures. The latter term means only that the wine has one percent more alcohol, so it has twelve percent, but it says nothing about the quality. Graves also cherishes its own classified wines, although for the first time since 1953 13 red and eight white wines may be placed on the label Cru classé. Drinking wine as the preferred alcoholic beverage is also the choice of people who want to lose weight. Most weight loss resources (like Wlzine’s how to lose weight fast page) advice to never drink alcohol, but when they do, they advice to drink wine. Read the rest of this entry »
October 22nd, 2012
The history of wine goes back to thousands of years ago in the Near East, Mesopotamia and the Caucasus, where they accidentally discovered that the fruit of a wild creeper could be used to make an intoxicating drink.
Over the years the wine was refined increasingly until it finally ended with the Romans in the Netherlands.
Wine has now become a cultural phenomenon: it not only has to do with eating and drinking, but also religion, art and even the design of the landscape.
In order to understand this, you must follow in the footsteps of the Romans themselves and winemaking. Wine can be made out of not only grapes, but also other fruits or their juices. You first must identify the ingredients needed for making wine. During the fermentation process, which takes some time, there are continuing studies into the analysis of the wine. In order to check whether the fermentation has been properly done, the wine must be analyzed to check its ethanol content. This may be by done by various methods, such as density measurement, distillation, or through gas chromatography.
Before you start implementing your research, it is important to properly prepare yourself, so that while you are in the lab you will be well aware the actions you must perform there. You need a good computer for this. First you need to optimize your computer with the help of websites like these: how to speed up your computer (speed-up-pc.org).
Making a plan is like making the script of a movie. You must have the information for every action / experiment (movie clip) in mind that you want to run during the profile piece in mind. Any ambiguities / questions that occur to you then should be noted and then you have to find out the answers needed to these questions. If you wait until the execution of the profile paper to face these questions / ambiguities then it would be very difficult to solve them. Read the rest of this entry »
December 11th, 2011
How do you store wine? Most of all wine in the world is made to be drunk within one to two years after it is made. Normally drinking young wine is best, but if you let it lie, it cannot hurt. This is especially true for young red wines which are aged a few years. But usually only really interesting wines are suitable for storage. These wines usually come from Bordeaux, but also come from Burgundy, the Rhone and the New World countries. Therefore, you must distinguish between a cellar and a wine stash.
The wine cellar
A wine cellar is for the long term storage of wine, while a wine stash is up for grabs, and meant to open up and drink while curling up and sitting together in the evenings. You can build a wine cellar by yourself, easily.
A cellar is an ideal wine storage area. But he who has no basement need not mourn. There are plenty of other options. Choose a room that is dark and has a fairly constant temperature, something that does not get hot as having a consistent temperature is important. A wine cellar can be expensive. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend you might want to think about saving up some money for the future. What I personally did is educated myself on investing my savings in gold.
A few ideas for wine storage
Look in the garage, hall closet, the cupboard or perhaps the crawlspace under the house. A small amount of bottles can be safely stored in these types of areas for a few months if it is not too warm. Some bottles of red wine can also be kept on a rack in the living room if you plan to use them directly. Put white wine in a cooler place, but the white wine you plan for immediate consumption can simply be kept in any other room.
A large wine cellar stock should be kept in a storage area where there is a constant temperature. The ideal temperature is around eleven degrees Celsius. Warmer or cooler is not a problem, provided there is a minimal fluctuation in temperature. The higher the mercury rises, the faster the wine develops. The room must be dark because even if sunlight is good for grapes, it’s disastrous for wine. Read the rest of this entry »
July 11th, 2011
It’s not easy to explain how to taste wine, but we will try. So many people, so many wishes, go the saying. Take a look at a wine tasting and you will see that there will always be different opinions about wine tasting. Most people who want to learn about wine tasting take a wine tasting class next spring break (sbreak.net has the latest dates). It is an art to be able to describe the characteristics of the wine in words. Taste is closely related to the personal sensation of the wine itself.
For the novice wine enthusiast tasting is limited to “whether he likes the wine or not.”
The color of the wine
It’s not only the color of the wine as you see it, but the wine’s color can come in many different shades. To appreciate this you should keep your glass at a slight angle against a bright white background. Red wine in its youth is purple and goes through a process of turning from ruby red to brownish red. The pale, yellow-green color of white wine that occurs over the years is also more colorful. Also note whether the wine is clear. If the wine is in a “sur lie” state, then the wine is a bit cloudy. Sur lie means that the wine is not filtered.
The smell or ‘nose’ of the wine
Make a circular motion with the glass and let the wine roll around. This helps the flavouring substances to come loose from the wine and rise from the glass. Stick your nose deep into the glass and smell the bouquet. Some wines have a complex flavor, making them difficult to recognize. Try comparing them with other scents, such as herbs, flowers, fruit or ordinary home, garden and kitchen smells like coffee and gingerbread. Read the rest of this entry »