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Wonders of White Wine

17 Jul 2018

This 3rd August is a day that we here at Local Links hold dear to our hearts. It’s White Wine Day! Whether it’s straw-yellow, gold, or yellow-green, white wine is a beautiful spectrum of colour!

”The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

The earliest evidence we have of wine indicates that it was being made as early as 7500 years ago in what is now Iran. We are fairly certain that the birth of wine dates a good long while before this, but no archaeological evidence has been able to determine precisely when. What we do know is that ever since its creation it has held a place of high esteem in society, being used in holy rituals and traded among the noble and wealthy. It has been deemed a gift worthy of Kings and Queens, and its vintages have been hoarded in dark cool places like ancient treasures.

White wine comprises the largest percentage of wines made in Germany and Switzerland, and the northern half of France is also known for its broad variety of white wines. In Catalonia, in fact, there is a special sort of white wine known as Cava, and champagne itself is truly a sparkling white wine that is only produced in the Champagne province of France. More recently, the ‘New World’ have been giving the European producers a run for their money with award winning tipple frequently being produced in California, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand.

At a loss as to the nuanced differences in this refreshing drink? Here’s some tips on grapes, where they grow and more importantly, how they taste! Yum!

Cool-Climate Wine 

These grapes tend to be thin skinned with low sugar giving an elegant flavour. Cool climate is generally determined by latitude (think Germany, Chablis and the Willamette Valley), but it can also be the result of elevation, as in the case of what are often referred to as “Alpine” growing regions like France’s Jura and Boca in Northwestern Italy. Cooler-climate growing regions are usually farther away from the equator, with lower temperatures and more seasonal cloud cover. The Grapes: Chardonnay & Riesling

Warm-Climate Wine 

Grapes are thick skinned with higher sugars and tend to be full bodied. Warm-climate wine regions are the regions most folks hit on vacation, and for good reason. The rolling hills of Tuscany, Napa’s wide vistas and the beaches of Southern France. In addition to being closer to the equator, warmer-climate regions are often influenced by maritime weather patterns. Their annual temperatures are higher, the sun is stronger and it’s usually blue skies all day. The Grapes: Viognier & Malvasia

So pop open a cheeky chilled bottle and celebrate the grape!

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