Category Question: Varieties

Australia’s emblematic variety is Shiraz, known as Syrah in the rest of the world. There are more than 44,000 hectares planted throughout the country.

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The characteristic aromas of Gewürztraminer are ginger, lychee, and honey.

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The white variety Viognier is charaterized by intense aromas that recall orange blossoms, apricots, and peaches.

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The aromas found in Chardonnay wines range from mineral and fresh fruit (lime and pineapple) in cool climates, to ripe pears, peaches, and mangoes in warm climates.

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Tintorera in Spanish or teinturier in French, refers to a group of varieties with deeply colored pulp. They are not used for fine wine, but are often used to boost the color in wines of lesser stature.

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Chardonnay made from grapes picked early before reaching optimum ripeness and still having high acidity is the primary ingredient of sparkling wines made in the original Champagne tradition.

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Regardless of where they are produced, wines made from the white variety Riesling will always have a strong floral aroma, steely mineral notes, light body, and rich acidity.

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Incognito in the vineyards, Carmenere lent Chilean Merlot an unusual and very attractive spicy character unknown elsewhere. On its own and fully ripe, its charm lies in its smooth and pleasing character and the sweetness of its tannins.

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Sparkling wines are not just for toasting during big celebrations; their rich acidity and seductive bubbles make them wonderful companions at the table year round, from the first aperitif to the last bite of dessert.

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What is Cava?

May 23rd, 2016 by editor-i2b mcc

Cava is a sparkling wine made in Spain, primarily in Catalonia, using the Traditional Method.

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Champagne is a sparkling wine made exclusively with grapes grown and made in the Champagne region of France and made in accordance with the standards of this French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée.

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The tall, narrow glasses especially designed to appreciate the bubbles in a sparkling wine are called flutes or tulips.

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By a blend of yeast and sugar (called the tirage) added to the wine to generate a second fermentation. This in turn produces carbon dioxide, which appears as small bubbles in the glass.

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Very soft tannins. Carmenere is Chile’s signature grape. Its ripe fruit produces wines that are low in acidity with velvety tannins that leave a very soft feeling on the palate

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The family of red fruit aromas, which includes strawberries, raspberries, red currants, cherries, and others, is typical of young Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

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