NATIONAL WINE WEEK 2015
So What Exactly Is Wine?
Well it’s not such a dumb question, certainly wine comes from fermented grape juice, but what makes wine taste the way it does and why do different varietals (grape types) have different flavour profiles and why do those same varietals taste different from country to country, region to region or even vineyard to vineyard?
How come some wines are robust in alcohol and taste and others light in both. Just why does wine become wine rather than just grape juice? Why are some wines made from a mix of varietals and others from just one type! And just how many different types of wines and varietals are there?
It’s a big and complex area and in the UK the ’take-home’ wine market is worth £5 billion+! In fact just take a walk down any major supermarket wine aisle to see how big and complex it really is! Yes, shopping the ‘Wine Wall’ can be an intimidating process for most, which is why many people simply ‘go gondola-end’ looking for the cheapest deals.
But as in all things, cheap isn’t always the best option, as a little knowledge can go a long way! So true to our name, here at National Wine Week we’ve simplified the whole wine choice process, giving you the basic wine facts and tips so you can face the Wine Wall or your local restaurant wine list with some confidence and really be able to enjoy ‘Les plaisirs du vin!
Les plaisirs du vin!
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The Week’s Wines
Naturally we picked some of our favourites, some well-known, others not so, here’s the list:
Monday; Graillot -Crozes Hermitage –
2009 - Rhone
Tuesday; Domaine de Torraccia - Cuvée Oriu 2009 - Corsica
Wednesday; Kaz – Red Said Fred
2011 - Sonoma
Thursday; Trinity Hill - Sauvignon Blanc, Hawke's Bay - 2011 – New Zealand
Friday; Louis de Grenelle - Acajou – Sparkling Cabernet Franc NV - Loire
Saturday; Raats - Old Vine Chenin Blanc
2012 - Stellenbosch
Sunday; Ridge - Lytton Springs –
2011 – Sonoma
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