July 2009

summer wineHere are some tips for choosing the ideal summer summer wine.

If you plan to go on a picnic during the summer, packing a dependable wine bottle is a must in order to enjoy what the season has to offer. This is especially true if you plan to around some exotic locales and try to enjoy the best of what Mother Nature has to offer.

Your choice of wine, however, will dictate how well it will taste in the summer heat. Make the right choice, and you will be able to savour the flavour as best you can. Make the wrong one, though, and you may end up feeling terribly heavy and lousy for the rest of the trip. It is for this purpose that you need to select either a lighter wine or a heavier wine, and your choice will dictate how much you will enjoy them:

The lighter, fresher wines

White wines or red wines with a more fruity and tangy bite to them are the most common wines that can be found during summer. Their refreshing taste helps to uplift the spirits, while the low acid and alcohol content make them ideal for light snacking and picnicking.

These lighter, fresher wines are thus recommended for outdoor excursions that will either require a lot of activity before or afterwards, or for those who want to enjoy their summers sitting lazily on the beach or on the park. These come highly recommended for anyone and everyone who plans to enjoy the great outdoors during summer, and should definitely be selected over their heavier, headier cousins if any activities are scheduled for the day. The wine, of course, must match the food you plan to bring during your summer activities. White wine and the lighter red wines really do not go well with intense foods, so pack food that is easy on the tongue and light on the stomach.

The heavier, headier wines

Deep, dark red wine with high alcohol content is generally not recommended for summer activities. The heat will get to you even faster when you have a lot of alcohol in your system, and you may just end up feeling sluggish even when you still have a lot of things left to do in the day.

The exception to this, though, is the classic barbecue with huge chunks of beef steak on the grill. A few glasses of well chilled red wine will go well with the barbecue, provided you have little else to do during the day except wind down and relax. If you wish to do so, just make sure that you stay nice and cool if you do not want to feel like a huge sack of potatoes in the middle of the summer heat.

All in all, the lighter wines like white wine or fruity red wine are best enjoyed during the summer. Their light flavour helps to add some zing without putting you down, but may prove to be bland when mixed with heavier, more intense foods. If you plan a major barbecue with some dripping T-bone steaks at the side, then you may want to set aside a bottle or two of deeper, darker wine for that meal alone.

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Here is some wine history for the day.wine

– Australia developed wine in a box in the ‘70s.  The wine inside of the box is stored in a bladder that is not exposed to air.  This means that the wine may last up to a few weeks compared to a few days.

– There are about 400 species of oak, though only about 20 are used in making oak barrels. Of the trees that are used, only 5% is suitable for making high grade wine barrels. The average age of a French oak tree harvested for use in wine barrels is 170 years!

– After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Church was critical in the revitalization, production, and promotion of wine. Among chaotic daily life, wine was the good element, associated with holyness (body of christ) and comfort.

– In Bali, 10-year-old Hatten Winery lists not only the year of the vintage but the month – the grapes grow so fast in the tropical environment that they have 12 or more vintages each year.

– The word “toast,” meaning a wish of good health, started in ancient Rome, where a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine

– The wreck of the TITANIC holds the oldest wine cellar in the world and despite the depth and wreckage, the bottles are still intact.

– Over 30 million gallons of wine were lost in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

–  When Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in volcanic lava, it buried more than 200 wine bars with it.

Information provided by http://spenceranddaniels.com/spenceranddanielsblog/?p=29

Red wine & Red Grapes

Here are some wine facts and statistics that might interest  you.

Age of vine before producing useful grapes—3 years   Age of vine before full production—5 years

Productive lifetime of a vine—30-35 years

Grape clusters in bottle—4-5

Grapes in a bottle—500-600

Clusters on a vine—40

Grapes in a cluster—75-100

Grape clusters in one glass of wine—1

Vines per acre—500-1300

Pounds of grapes produced by one vine—8-12

Tons per acre—4 (average—can vary greatly)

Gallons of wine per ton of grapes—120

Gallons of wine per acre—less than 500

Barrels per acre—13.5

Bottles per vine—4-6

Bottles per ton—500—700

Bottles per acre—4,000

Cases per barrel—24.6

Glasses per acre—16,000

Glasses in a bottle—5-6

Bottles per 60 gallon barrel—300

Calories in a 5 ounce glass of dry wine—100-125

Fat in a 5 ounce glass of dry wine—0

Carbohydrates in a 5 ounce glass of dry wine—1-2

Information provided by The Vines Blog


American WineGenerally, American Wines are usually named after the grape that is harvested, while many European wines are named after the region they are from(e.g. Bordeaux, Rioja, Chianti)  and the grapes used (e.g. Pinot, Chardonnay, Merlot).