WINE 101 JUST THE BASICS
EIZEL MY WINE WORDS PETER & ALLIE MERRICK
VARIETALS REGIONS VINTAGES
VARIETALS (n.) species of grapes
These are commonly known white wine varietals.
CHARDONNAY PINOT GRIGIO SAUVIGNON BLANC RIESLING GEWURZTRAMINER VIOGNIER
These are commonly known red wine varietals.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT SHIRAZ PINOT NOIR MALBEC SANGIOVESE
REGIONS (n.) areas where grapes are grown
Letâ€™s take a look at CA, OR, WA, NY & MI.
CA | Napa CA | Sonoma CA | Central Coast OR WA NY MI
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Champagne Burgundy Bordeaux Loire Rhone Alsace
There are twenty regions, but letâ€™s start with three areas.
North Central South
The culinary capital of the world also makes a bit of wine.
Rioja Catalonia Toro Ribera del Duero Navarra Jumilla La Mancha Jerez
Letâ€™s understand the wine down under.
Barossa Valley McLaren Vale South West
VINTAGE (n.) the year a wine is harvested
vintage A wine is defined by its varietal, region & vintage. That said, the year the grapes of a wine are harvested speaks volumes. While there are good & bad vintages in every region, there are always exceptions to the rule. Be careful about judging a book by its cover & a wine by its vintage. The vintage is the wineâ€™s birth year. And just as we change as we get older, so does a wine & what it has to offer.
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