At some point of your wine journey, you have probably struggled with trying to identify the aromas and notes that you’re getting from your wine. This is because wine culture is still relatively new to America, and we are unfamiliar with the certain fruits and flavors that are more traditional to the old world wine countries (primarily in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Here, we help breakdown some of that jargon for you and teach you how to identify wine notes using language that you’re familiar with.
Wine Notes Simplified.
What You Should Know About Wine.
We all know and appreciate Champagne, but do you know what it actually is? Champagne is actually mixture of three different wine varietals Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay that have been strictly harvested from the Champagne Region of France. Yes! Only true Champagne must come from France, and it is in fact made with 2 types of red wine grapes.
So how does it keep its white color? Once the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes are harvested, they are pressed and the juice is quickly separated from the skin to prevent skin contact and the coloration of wine. And what about the bubbles? Where do those come in? Well, Champagne is fermented twice. The first fermentation produces a still (or flat) white wine, as mentioned above, and the second fermentation process must occur in the bottle, where additional yeast is added to support the carbonation of the wine.
Have you ever seen ice wine on menu or in your local wine shop but never quite knew what it was? Well, ice wines are some of the most delicate, dessert wines that require the perfect timing, weather conditions, and grape quantity to yield a perfect $50 375mL (1/2 a bottle) of wine. These are some of the sweetest wines you will ever taste, which can attributed to how and when these grapes must be picked. First, you should know that ice wines can be made from several red and white wine grape varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Chardonnay, and many more.
The key thing you should know is that these grapes must be produced in extremely cool climates such as Northern America and Europe, and harvested and produced while frozen. The frozen grapes help concentrate the sugar, while the cool climate helps maintain the acidity of the grape. Ice wine are a must have and are too be enjoyed in small quantities, unless you prefer a sugar overload.
Great news cannabis lovers! CBD/ THC-infused wines are a thriving market and are becoming more popular by the day. Yes! We’re talking cannabis in your wines. However, due to American federal regulations, cannabis wines that are produced and sold in the United States must be de-alcoholized prior to the cannabis-infusion. So, if you’re looking to get cross-faded from cannabis wine, you’ll have to try different methods.
Nonetheless, we want to feature these three cannabis wines, two from the United States (CannaVines Chardonnay and Rebel Coast Sauvignon Blanc) and one from Canada (Black Prince Winery Merlot). Let us know if you get to try them! We want to hear your thoughts!