Several wine production regions are known for wine varietals that are exclusive to the region. Specifically, Spain and Portugal are the predominant producers of Mencia (pronounced Mehn-thee-yuh), which is referred to as Jaen when produced in Portugal. Other regions that are known for this grape exclusivity include Israel, Austria, and Greece. Despite small grape yield and smaller production, many of these wines can still found at affordable price points.
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Yeast eats sugar and farts alcohol. That’s fermentation for you! Sometimes it requires the most down-to-earth explanations to really solidify the comprehension of a concept. However, the reality is that there is a true art to fermentation methods in wine-making that can greatly explain the characteristics of a wine as the result. Vermentino provides an excellent example of a grape that is used to produce two different styles of wine.
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When I’m unfamiliar with a wine varietal, I have this horrible habit of assuming that the sound of the name must be aligned to the traits. When it came to Dolcetto, it made me think of a rich, dessert – like dulce de leche – so I assumed that it would be a full-bodied, rich, red wine. So apparently, I wasn’t too far from the truth on the actual name translation: Dolcetto translates to “little sweet one”, though is quite deceptive when indicating the traits of this wine.
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Happy Holidays friends! So you have a wine lover on your list…well, I’ve got some gift ideas for you! Every idea on this list is “Grape Juice Mom” validated as a great product and a great gift idea for those wino’s, so get to scrolling!
The Brumate Winesulator Gift Set is back at the top of the list because it’s truly an incredible gift. This is typically my “go-to” gift for the holidays. Now that all my close family and friends have received one, they’re getting all of Brumate’s new accessories! They have a new “Margtini” glass, gifts for Bourbon lovers, all of it! Key features of the Winesulator include: the Winesulator itself holds a full bottle of wine, the two glasses included in the set hold 1/2 bottle of wine each (also includes lids to the glasses), and they’re very resistant to destruction. Don’t buy the knock-off cheapo’s that you’ll find on Amazon. This gift is quality! If you use this link, newly registered e-mail addresses receive 15% off your first purchase which stacks with other coupons!
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If you ever get the chance to attend a wine festival, GO! Sure, tasting lots of wines is fun, but I’ve found that the educational events during the festival weekend or week are highly valuable! Last Winter, I attended the Colorado Springs Wine Festival and the theme was Portuguese wines – a wine production region which was generally unknown to me. Among the Portuguese wines that I tasted was Loureiro.
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