Archive for October, 2009
How to choose a Glass
Every wine has certain organoleptic characteristics which are different from any other. For this reason, every wine should be served in a proper glass capable of exalting its characteristics. Wine glasses come in different shapes and characteristics, sometimes considered as “extreme” because of some producers who tend to make specific shapes and styles, not only for certain wines, but also for specific wines made of certain grapes or coming from certain areas. The shape of glass helps a wine to express better and every glass usually is the result of specific studies and researches, both on the organoleptic perception of aromas and flavors, as well as on characteristics and physical conditions that favor their perception.
When you talk to grape growers and winemakers today, they will tell you climate is a major factor in how good a vintage will be. Researchers have found that vintages have improved as temperatures rose over the last 50 years, especially in areas with cooler climates. Vineyards in cooler climates, such as Oregon , Washington and British Columbia , could continue to benefit from global warming. These findings could prove troublesome for vineyards in traditionally warmer regions.
Drinking red wine and cooking with olive oil may help us to live longer, say scientists. Figures from the European Union show that people living in Mediterranean countries like Spain and Italy can expect to live longer on average than people in other countries. Key ingredients in both substances can significantly increase the lifespan of yeast. Since yeast and humans share many genes, scientists have speculated they may have the same effect in people. The findings provide more evidence to suggest that the Mediterranean diet may be the secret to living a long and healthy life.
Port Wine is a fortified wine, as defined in EU legislation. It is produced in the Demarcated Region of the
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
The Incanto label is an excellent vintage 2005 Nobile. The actual bottling is by a Co-op in Siena, Italy just north of the Montepulciano area. Made from Sangiovese grapes, this variety of Montepulciano is close to Brunello…at substantially less money. Nice aroma and soft flavor make this a great choice with pasta and mild meat sauces. Good with grilled chicken as well. Very fruity with lots of soft flavors. Not as balanced and full as a good Brunello but pleasant. At only $9.99 its a great value both with dinner and by itself.
Here’s an amazing “almost port like” value from Portugal. But it is truly a drinkable everyday red wine that’s juicy and delicious. This 2006 vintage has a deep purple color and a lucious semi-sweet smell. The first taste is an explosion of fruit, juicy and thick. Very low in tannins the wine is not complex but very pleasing either alone or with meat sauces like pasta dishes. Probably great with pizza. There is a hint of spice and chocolate and the aftertaste is velvety.
The winery making this is Quinto Da Leda. They us oak barrels to age the wine for 12 months, with another 6 months in the bottle. The result is a very lite port flavour in a drinkable table wine.
The Douro region of Portugal is famous for excellent grapes and this example is a real hit for only $8.99.