Aging Gracefully

How long can I keep the wine before drinking it? How can I know when is the right time to open a bottle?

Most of us suppose that the longer we keep a wine, the better it will get. Well let put it this way, it is a misconception that we must age all bottles of wine. While some bottles will mature and become better over time, others will not and should be drunk immediately, or within a few years.

So, now the essential question will be, which bottle is well suitable for aging?

Nowadays, Most wines available in the market should be drunk as young as possible, whilst its fruit is still young and enjoyable (1 – 5 years form its release). Only 10% of the global wine production, wines with concentrated fruits, solid acidity and structured tannin are apt for aging.

In fact, two wines coming from the same region, made with the same grape variety; one ages considerably longer than the other. Why?

Small variances can make a whole impact in the wine produced; perhaps the soil or microclimate (small variations in the local weather due to terrain; we call “Terroir”) is just a bit different. Maybe the vines are older, or the winery may have processed the wines differently, even the size of the bottle matters (a half bottle ages faster than larger bottles.). All those “tiny” difference will result a variation in the quality of the wine.

While there are no specific rules to which wine age well and which do not, here are 2 indicators that will help you for a start:

~ The grape variety, certain wines made from robust and bold grapes, like a Cabernet Sauvignon, can age for longer (5 to 20 year) than those made from lighter-bodied grapes like Gamay (2 to 5 years).

~ The price is a good indicator of a wines complexity. Sure, there are some exceptions, but generally speaking,the more expensive the bottle the more complex the wine thus making it suitable for aging. Younger, less expensive wines are generally fruitier and should be enjoyed soon after purchasing.

Eventually all wine will loose their peak at some point, so even the wines meant to be kept for many years should be drunk before its too late and don’t forget, how you store the wine will affect how long it lasts as well. Getting good advice about particular wine is the only good idea here.Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 8.42.42 PM

This summer drink Rosé differently **

As the weather gets warmer you need something cooler, lighter. Rosé wine was until few years back considered an easy uncomplicated poolside wine, served at summer parties in a plastic cup with ice cubes to satisfy one’s thirst on a hot day. A very misunderstood wine, which received lots of criticism because of its “girly” pink color.
However recently, Rosé wine started to gain in popularity and it is becoming a serious business. After all, it is not an easy job to be the perfect flavor balance between red and white wine.

Rosé

The delicate world of Rosé

Mixing red and white wine together is NOT how you make rosé.
To make most rosé wine, red grapes are lightly crushed and left to macerate with their red skins [which contain the colored pigments and tannins] for a little while, it can takes from few hours to few days, [The longer the skins are left in contact with the wine, the darker the color of the rosé will be] after which the juice is separated from the skin and fermented in tanks.
So the different ranges of pink, is the result of the grapes variety used and the amount of time it was left in contact with the skin.

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When in doubt, look for the following:

*Vintage:
Rosé, unlike red wine does not improve over the years, the newest vintage = the freshest wine.
You should expect to drink Rose within a year of its release don’t opt for anything that’s dated more than two or three years back. [So forget about cellaring and stocking Rosé in your cellar for years]

*Region:
Choosing a French traditional dry rosé is always a good choice, after all France is the motherland of Rosé wine, it’s hard to go wrong with anything from Provence, the Rhône valley, or the Loire valley.
Rosé from Provence tends to be very pale pink, sometimes salmon-colored.
Here are some appellations within Provence:
Côtes de Provence
Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence

Bandol

Cassis
Côteaux Varois

Also a great option, if you’re not feeling the French stuff: Italian Rosato And Spanish Rosado both tend to be with deeper pink color and up-front fruit flavors that work well with meat.

Pairing Rose with food

From a food pairing perspective, the Rosé wine is perfect. Just the right amount of acidity and body to match almost any meal! It is refreshing and goes beautifully with just about any casual food from Steaks, BBQ, picnic food, to fish and vegetarian selection.

So enjoy youyr warm summer days while sipping in a fresh, light

Franciacorta, Italy’s Finest Sparkling *

Summer is all about bubbly wines, those sparkles can lighten up our hot days.
I’ve already shared with you my love for Prosecco. Today I will be introducing a different Italian sparkling wine [probably one of the least well known]: Franciacorta.

As I always say Italian wines will never stop astonishing us!

Franciacorta is produced in Lombardy region North of Italy in a small town called Franciacorta within the province of Brescia.
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Unlike Prosecco and other Italian sparkling wines, Franciacorta can be compared to Champagne because of many similarities especially in the production process, thus making it Italy’s finest sparkling wine.

The grape varieties used are Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco. After the harvest those grapes are going to go through the same process used to produce Champage The Methode Traditionelle or Champenoise [in which after the initial fermentation, the wines are bottled with yeast and sugar where the second fermentation will take place, then the bottles are stored with the necks turned downward and periodically rotated to separate wine and yeast. After a minimum of 18 months later the yeast is disgorged and liqueur de dosage added]

Franciacorta Bottles

Following this delicate winemaking procedure you will taste an elegant sparkler with fine perlage, a complex bouquet and structure that pleases with every sip.

Tasting:

Franciacorta Villa Crespia

Fratelli Muratori , Villa Crespia Novalia Brut
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Intense yellow straw color. Fine and Persistent perlage. Crisp and effervescent attack, green apple and citrus flavor

Franciacorta and food pairing:
Great as an aperitif
It can perfectly match sea food, light pasta, pizza and mild cheeses.

Franciacorta crespia

.Drink responsibly.

Cheers***

Wine-ing with nature*

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Today is not only about wine; it’s about a feel good factor.

The ancients believed wine contributed to the wellbeing of a person, Plato describes wine as “A medicine, given for the purposes of securing modesty of soul and health and strength of body.”

We don’t need more proof to know that wine consumed moderately is good for our health and our body, the list of wine’s benefits is long (and getting more surprising every time).  

I am talking about the inner benefits here ‘The Modesty of Soul’, a good wine will be more than a drink, a good wine will engage you, make you conscious of it and take you places, it will open up your horizons and widen your aspirations. Specially when combined with the idyllic environment, a wonderful company and the perfect dreams.

So go ahead indulge yourself with a glass (or two), stick to the plans you know how to do best and above all surround your life as much as possible with what you love, and who you love.

Today was a tribute to senses, pure emotions and joy.

Prosecco , delicious and delightful*

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Prosecco, one of my favorite sparkling wines! Luckily, we can start spotting it on almost every wine list. The reason behind this sudden boom of prosecco is simple; it’s a young and fresh sparkling wine that is inexpensive, and makes you feel so good while drinking it! Prosecco is a modern style of sparkling wine, perfect for the hot summer days, a chilling afternoon or a relaxing aperitivo.

Prosecco is made from the Prosecco grape (Also known as Glera) in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy where Venice is the capital.

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Labels are easy to read, just look for “prosecco.” A higher quality also will include the words Conegliano or Valdobbiadene, and for more quality and refinement you should ask for “Superiore di Cartizze” labels.

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While having a sip of prosecco you will immediately feel the ultra-fresh flavors, floral fragrance and a crisp effervescence, It’s not sweet but you can absolutely taste the fruity aroma.

Prosecco should be at 8 ° – 10 ° C to enjoy it at it’s fullest.

Its fizziness and delicate taste makes it the perfect match for many types of food.