Wine Country of the Month

FranceI continue this month my wine journey to another classic wine country, France. Before I write any post about French wines, I have to admit that I have never bought French wine myself.Tasted yes, but never bought. Why? I have no idea. So this tells pretty much how much I know on before hand about France as a wine country. But that’s the point with my project, to explore the wine world from my living room.

Somm- A Documentary about “The hardest test you’ve never heard of”

 Somm is a documentary about four guys who want to become Master Sommeliers. If you have this title all the doors in the wine world are wide open.  But in order to get this prestigious title you have to pass the extremely difficult exam. Watch the documentary and see how the guys  prepare for the exam.The documentary is  available on Netflix!

Tuscany – History, Culture and Wine

When thinking of Italy and wine, Tuscany is probably the most famous Italian wine region. Like Sicily, Tuscany is a wine region with a lot of history. The first ones to inhabit the region were the Etruscans followed but the Romans. For those who have visited Florence know that Tuscany was during the Middle Ages until the Renaissance and still today a center for education and culture. The wine history in Tuscany is also ancient; it dates back to the 4th century.  For wine lovers, Tuscany is famous for its iconic wines such as Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the maybe the most famous one, Chianti.

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Ancient Wine Culture in Sicily

According to legend, Bacchus, also known as Dionysus, was the God who gave wine to Sicily. Like many other islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is an island with a long history.The oldest evidence of viticulture in Sicily dates back to 1500 B.C when Mycenaean traders started to cultivate grapes. The Greeks, the Romans, the Normans and the Arabs are some of the civilizations that have left traces of their culture in here. Geographically Sicily is a very big island, biggest in the Mediterranean Sea, we are talking about an island that is roughly 300 km from east to west and about 100 km from north to south. Sicily has a lot of history and interesting stories that proof that the island has been a significant center for viticulture for millennia and today there are around 20 sub-regions.

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Wine Country of the Month

waitama estateAfter five months in the New Wine World I will this month leave it behind and move over to Italy. For me Italy has it all; good food, wine, history, culture, climate and I’ve always loved the language. A few years ago I had the opportunity to live in Italy for half a year, the time there was a small adventure for sure. I studied in a small  town called Padova, not far away from Venice. After the classes we jumped on the train  to Venice (only 30 min away) and sometimes we made small trips to other cities like Florence and Verona, I’ve visited  all kinds of towns and villages but no vineyards. Unfortunately my passion for wine was not as strong as it is now, so I missed out on many opportunities while I lived there. So now, during the month of April, I will focus in Italian wines. Better late than never!

Marlborough – Sauvignon Blanc at its Best

In the north-eastern corner of the South Island is the by far most famous wine region of New Zealand, Marlborough. Even if the first vines were planted here in the 1870’s, it wasn’t until a century later that the viticulture really started to grow. The real boom was in the 1980’s when the pungent Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough became famous worldwide. Today Sauvignon Blanc remains the signature grape, over half of the wines from Marlborough are Sauvignon Blanc.

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