Today, I came across the following on Eve Bushman's blog Eve's Wine 101.
It's been a while since I posted a Wine Facts article, so to catch up a little while I am taking a little hiatus from wine tasting, here is my latest:
- A mathematical equation, derived from the number of days under 50 or over 90 degrees, gives a winemaker a zone number. That zone number then tells them which grape is best suited for their land. Example being 2500 days of these temperatures might be a nice spot in Napa, where 5000 days would be something like planting in Death Valley.
- Winemaking is being done in all 50 states.
- Aging is up to the discretion of the purchaser. Wineries need cash flow so they release early.
- A good French Bordeaux can age 30 years or more while American wine is made for the California culture that wants their wine now.
- European palate wants a well-balanced flavor and not one component over another. Europeans boost tannins.
- American palates taste a range of acid, sugar, fruit, alcohol and tannins. California winemakers boost fruit for the drink-now culture.
- Both New World and Old World wines started about the same time, 1855, but we lost 14 years to prohibition and had to start all over.