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The 18 Noble Grapes Wine Challenge


A Spectrum of Wine in Just 18 Noble Grapes

Want to experience the entire range of wine?

It’s time to ditch the same ol’ wine you’ve been drinking and expand your palate. No more of that bottom-shelf TJ’s select or that bottle of Apothic Red. Why? Well, because not only will you get to try all 18 noble grapes, but by doing so you’ll be on the fast track to becoming a wine expert. Make a list of the grapes below and challenge yourself to try every one of them.

What Are The Noble Grapes? There are 18 red and white noble grapes (listed below) that define the complete range of wine flavors –from clear, zesty white to deep dark red wine.

The Noble Grapes Challenge

Here is the list of the 18 major grapes that are readily available and define a unique flavor of wine. Once you master this list, you will intuitively understand the major flavor profiles of most red and white wines in the world. This list is missing a few sections such as Dessert wine, Rosé Wine and Sparkling wine. (more…)

10 Most Important Things To Know About Wine



Simplifying Wine

Wine is a complex topic that is intermingled with history, culture, agriculture, geology and genetics. So how can you learn more about wine without getting glombed down by details?

For the longest time, wine has been learned by region and in the past this worked well. However today, since wine is now literally being produced everywhere, the regional lines have become blurry. So it’s time to develop new ways to learn about wine. As it happens, there are 10 fundamental things about wine that are pretty easy to grasp.

Below are the 10 most important things to know about wine.

10 Most Important Things To Know About Wine

We are guilty of bad math. It’s more like 18 things in ten different categories, but who’s counting?


What Are The Most Popular Types of Wine?

Want to find out what wine you like best? Check out just 18 different grape varieties, commonly referred to as international varieties. They include light sweet white wines like Moscato and Riesling to deep dark red wines like Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Once you’ve tried all 18, you’ll actually have a pretty good handle on the entire range of wine. You’ll also know more about your personal preferences.


What Are the Most Popular Wine Regions?

Knowing that Italy, France and Spain are the top three wine producing countries in the world tells you three things. For one, they probably produce the majority of bulk wine in the world. Two, they also produce some of the best wine in the world. And three, France, Italy and Spain are the source of all of the most popular varieties of wine in the world.

6 Fascinating Oldest Wineries in the World

May 29, 2013 Blog » Wine News & Entertainment » 6 Fascinating Oldest Wineries in the World



Take a peek at some of the oldest wineries around the world. These working relics show how wine has been with us and will continue to be with us for the next millennia.


Ancient Chinese Wine Pot Bronze

Bronze wine pot from China. credit

Where Did Wine Come From?

The ancient Egyptians drank wine. Back then, wine was consumed by high society and beer was the commoner’s drink. The Egyptians got their inspiration from the Levant (modern day Israel, Lebanon, etc) who’d been making wine since 4000 BC. One ancient wine cellar was found in Armenia inside a cave on the side of a hill. The cellar dates back to 3500 BC and shows how ancient winemaking was done.

Wine is even older than that. In 2004, fluids left in 9000 year old pottery were discovered in China. What was in all those old pots? They were filled with a wine made from rice, honey and fruit. Apparently, the Chinese were making sangria before anyone made wine.




6 Most Fascinating Oldest Wineries in the World

Aerial Photo of Chateau de Goulaine vineyards in Loire Valley


Château de Goulaine


circa 1000


Château de Goulaine was owned by the Goulaine family except for a stint from 1788 to 1858 when it changed hands to a Dutch banker during the French Revolution. One of the last castles in the Loire to still make wine, Goulaine produces some Loire Valley white wines including Muscadet and Folle Blanche. It’s been said that the previous chef of Château de Goulaine, Mrs. Clémence Lefeuvre, invented Beurre Blanc sauce.


Today you can stay the night at Château de Goulaine or rent it for a wedding.


Barone Ricasoli Castello

Barone Ricasoli


Established 1141


This castle was owned by a family in Tuscany when Florence and Siena were still city-states. The Ricasoli survived Italy’s internal struggles in the mid-1200′s, the Black Death in the mid 1300′s, the rise of the Medicis until the 1700′s and World War II. Today you can find their most prestigious wine, “Castello di Brolio”, for about $70.

Schloss Johannisberg Oldest Wineries Aerial View

Schloss Johanisberg


circa 1100


There are records of an order for 6000 liters of wine during Charlemagne’s rule in the late 700′s. Schloss Johannisberg was destroyed once by marauding peasants in the German Peasant’s War in 1525. It is home to the oldest Riesling vineyards in the world and also lays claim to making the first late-harvest wines in 1775. Before then grapes with noble rot were not considered suitable for winemaking.

Schloss Vollrads Oldest Wineries

Schloss Vollrads


Established 1211


The oldest documented sale of wine from Schloss Vollrads was in 1211 when a thirsty monastery in Mainz put in a written order. The Rheingau-based winery produces a wide range of Riesling wines. You can visit their restaurant to celebrate their 800 year wine dynasty and try their Rieslings with classic German fare like bratwurst.


Codorniu Cava House



Established 1551


The first sparkling wine house in Spain didn’t start with bubbly. The house had vineyards and a still winemaking facility since the mid 1500′s. In the 1820′s, Codorniu started making Cava, referring to it as Champagne. Today Codorniu is one of the top three Cava producers in the world with an annual production of close to 5 million cases.



Parras de la Fuente Casa Madero Winery

view from the Church of Parras de la Fuente. credit


Casa Madero, Parras de la Fuente


Established 1597


As far as New World wine production goes, would it surprise you to know that the oldest winery in America is in Mexico? Casa Madero is in Parras de la Fuente, a tiny fertile valley in Coahuila, Mexico which is the Northeastern Mexican state next to the Texas border. Casa Madero’s flagship wine is equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo.


Besides the aforementioned few there’s also Chateau Mont-Redon which was designated a vineyard in 1344 next to Chateauneuf du Pape. The United States didn’t get started with wineries until 1810 with Brotherhood Winery in New York.

Want to see more? Check out 4 Unbelievable Wine Regions

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