Archives for April 2014

Germany’s Wine Revolution is Just Getting Started

Germany’s Wine Revolution is Just Getting Started

The Mosel region used to produce some of the premier European wine. But vine disease, war, and bad laws changed all that. Now, a new crop of vintners are trying to bring the area back.

The world’s most ethereal wines are produced in a small region in northwestern Germany, where the Mosel River flows northward in tight hairpin curves beneath steep fractured-slate hillsides dotted with century-old Riesling vines. Too few people know these wines.

The Mosel region is arguably the most storied, least-understood wine region in the world. Romans first cultivated vines there in the 2nd century B.C., and viticulture flourished. By the late 19th century, wines from the Mosel had become widely sought-after, commanding international acclaim and some of the highest prices in the world, matching and eclipsing wines from Champagne and Bordeaux.

via Germany’s Wine Revolution Is Just Getting Started – The Daily Beast.

New gadget invented that turns water into wine

New gadget invented that turns water into wine

A new gadget to turn water into wine? Apparently so:

The Miracle Machine essentially works like a Soda Stream by turning water, grape concentrate and yeast into wine via a mobile phone app supported by iOS and Android.

The device has a fermentation chamber that “uses an array of electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps to provide a controlled environment for fermentation.”

A digital refractometer measures the sugar content of the wine during the fermentation process, while a ceramic air-diffuser pumps filtered air under a regulated micro-oxygenated environment in order to soften the tannins.

At the same time, an ultrasonic transducer directly underneath the chamber resonates and speeds up the flavour development of the wine.

Customers can choose the type of wine they want to make, from “Napa” Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to “Oregon” Pinot Noir and a “Tuscan” red blend.

via Gadget invented that turns water into wine.

5 Essential Tips for Cooking with Wine

5 Essential Tips for Cooking with Wine

You can slow cook it, saute it or marinate it – wine enhances flavors and is always the best ingredient in whatever you’re cooking. But, there’s a bit more to cooking with wine than just pouring it into the pan.

  1. Choose a wine based on other ingredients in the dish. If you’re cooking something spicy, pick a full-bodied wine that can hold up on its own. If you’re cooking something light, such as chicken or fish. go with a white wine. Creamy sauces generally work best with white wines, and a sweet dish needs a sweet wine.
  2. Know some versatile wines if you need to make a substitution. Pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, merlot and syrah all come in handy, especially if you don’t have the exact wine you need for a certain recipe.
  3. Consider the acidity of the ingredients in the dish before adding the wine. Cut back on acidic ingredients to account for the acidity of the wine.
  4. Don’t add wine to a dish just before serving. Let it simmer with the food. Adding the wine too late can leave a harsh taste.
  5. Use a wine that you would drink while cooking your dinner and while eating it.

So, what are some of your favorite wine-based recipes?
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How to Write Excellent Wine Tasting Notes

How to Write Excellent Wine Tasting Notes

Ever wonder how to keep great personal wine tasting notes? From identifying flavors and aromas to describing acidity, tannin, and body, this article offers some of the best tips for creating the most memorable and accurate wine tasting notes:

Wine tasting notes should be the most useful tips to see before you buy a wine. In the past 10 years, wine tasting notes have shifted more to consumer ratings that tend to be more unbiased. However, there is no standard for writing wine tasting notes. This guide will help you write useful and accurate wine tasting notes.

via How to Write Excellent Wine Tasting Notes | Wine Folly:

5 Reasons Why Lodi, California is the Next Napa Valley

5 Reasons Why Lodi, California is the Next Napa Valley

Although many families in Lodi have been growing grapes for six and seven generations, it’s only been within the last 10 years that the current generation actually built wineries to convert their grapes into wine. Today, there are approximately 80 wineries and tasting rooms—an impressive number for sure—but there are more than 750 growers in the area. And many of those are now ready for their close-up. The results of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, held earlier this year, reported that wines with Lodi on the label took home a total of 201 medals—36 of them gold.

via 5 Reasons Why Lodi, California is the Next Napa Valley: The Daily Details.