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With hundreds of varieties of red wine grapes, there is as much red wine information to learn about as there are red grapes planted in all corners of the globe. That being said, you’ll likely encounter only a handful of these grapes most often. In this red wine basics section, we cover the flavor profiles and regions of the most common red wine grapes.
Flavors: Violets, blueberry, earth, black olive, coffee
Along with cabernet sauvignon and merlot, cabernet franc is part of the essential blending triad that makes up the majority of the Bordeaux blend (and Meritage) red wines produced in the United States. On its own, caberenet franc is a more tannic, earthy cousin to cabernet sauvignon. In warmer sites outside of Europe, its most distinctive attributes are its pure notes of violets and blueberry, and its ripe tannins often carry the scent of fresh roasted coffee. It is made (though rarely labeled) as a varietal in Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur-Champigny, where it is hard and tannic and can evoke an austere minerality. In Pomerol and St-Emilion it is featured in blends with merlot, adding a spicy, pungent, sometimes minty note.
Flavors: Bell pepper, green olive, herb, cassis, black cherry
The primary component of great Bordeaux and the defining grape of the Napa valley, cabernet sauvignonis grown all over the world, but rarely achieves greatness. It ripens late and can quite weedy and even vegetal in cooler climate regions such as Chile. In Bordeaux and Tuscany it is almost always blended to soften its intensely astringent tannins. The Napa style is dense, purple-black, jammy and tasting of currants and black cherries. Thick and ripe, layered with expensive new oak scents and flavors, it has almost single-handedly created the phenomenon of the cult wineries. In Washington, the best cabernet straddles the border between the ripeness of California versions and the nuanced herb, leaf, and olive flavors of great Bordeaux.
Flavors: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry
The grape of Beaujolais, gamay is often made to be drunk quite young, and shows bright, tangy, fruit-driven flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and sweet cherries. When made by the method known as carbonic maceration, young gamay has a slight effervescence and a distinct smell of bananas. Beaujolais Nouveau, released each year shortly after harvest, is the most famous example.
Flavors: Spice, cherry
Old vine grenache makes some of the greatest red wines of both Spain and Australia, and is an important component of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Cotes-du-Rhone in France. An early-ripening grape, it tends toward high alcohol and low acidity. At its best it creates very fruity, spicy, bold-flavored wines somewhat reminiscent of a softer, less-intense version of syrah.
Flavors: Sour cherry, spice
One of the lesser blending grapes of Bordeaux, malbec has risen to prominence in Argentina, where it makes spicy, tart red wines that take well to aging in new oak barrels. Elsewhere it remains a minor player, though a few varietally-labeled malbecs are made in California and Washington.
Flavors: Watermelon, strawberry, cherry, plum
Merlot is the chardonnay of reds, easy to pronounce, easy to like, agreeable, and versatile, but mostly lacking any substantive character of its own. The great exception is Chateau Pétrus, where it comprises 95 percent of the blend. Varietal merlot rose to popularity in the 1990s but too many insipid, watery, over-priced merlots have taken the bloom off the rose. Outside of Bordeaux, it is at its very best in Bolgheri Tuscany, where it ripens beautifully and creates plump, powerful wines that can age for a decade or more.
Flavors: Spice, cherry
This Mediterranean red grape is especially popular in France and Spain, making medium-bodied, lightly spicy wines with pretty, cherry-flavored fruit. The best sites also add a distinctive, gravelly minerality to the fruit. Some old vine plantings of mourvedre remain in California and also in Australia, where it is generally featured in a blend with shiraz and grenache.
Flavors: Plum, pie cherry, tar
The principal grape of Barolo, Barbaresco, and Gattinara (all made in the Piedmont region of Italy),nebbiolo unquestionably belongs with the great red wines of the world, but has proven almost impossible to grow anywhere else. California versions, despite decades of effort, remain light, thin and generic.
Flavors: Tomato leaf, beet root, pale cherry, blackberry, cola, plum
Pinot noir is the grape that winemakers love to hate; it is the prettiest, sexiest, most demanding, and least predictable of all. The template for great pinot noir is Burgundy, but even there the grape is flighty, fragile, and prone to obstinately weedy flavors. It is a principal component of many Champagnes and other sparkling wines, but can also be ripened to produce wines of surprising density and even jammyness in California, New Zealand, Italy and warm sites in Oregon. Pinot noir is best expressed as a pure varietal, and is often featured as a single-vineyard wine in Oregon and California, emulating the hundreds of tiny appellations of Burgundy. When at its best, pinot has an ethereal delicacy yet can age for decades; it is most memorably described as “the iron fist in the velvet glove.”
Flavors: Pie cherry, anise, tobacco leaf
The principal grape of Tuscany, where it is the primary component of Chianti, Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese is relatively light in color and quite firmly acidic. In Italy it shows distinctive flavors of pie cherry, anise, and tobacco; elsewhere it can be rather plain and undistinguished, though some promising bottles have come from Washington’s Walla Walla valley. Many of Italy’s “Super Tuscan” (see Glossary) red blends marry sangiovese to cabernet sauvignon, a combination that both strengthens the sangiovese and smoothes out the cabernet.
Flavors: Blackberry, boysenberry, plum, pepper, clove
Plantings of syrah have exploded in California and Washington, where sappy, spicy, peppery, luscious versions are being made. Known as shiraz in Australia, it is unarguably that country’s claim to enological fame. Australian shiraz is made in every conceivable style, from light and fruity to dense and tarry; it is made as a deep red, tannic sparkling wine, and also as a fortified “Port”. In the northern Rhone, the most extraordinary expressions of the grape are produced, especially in Hermitage and Cote Rôtie, where its peppery, dense, spicy fruit is layered into unbelievably complex wines streaked with mineral, smoked meat, tar, wild herb, and leather.
Flavors: Raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, raisin, prune
For decades zinfandel was California’s grape, though now it is grown all over the west coast of the United States, in Australia, Italy, and elsewhere, and its ancestry has been traced to Croatia. But Californiazinfandel remains the model for all others, and it grows well and vinifies distinctively all over the state. Mendocino makes somewhat rustic versions with hints of Asian spices; Dry Creek zinfandels are racy and laden with raspberry. In Amador and Gold Rush country it is hot, thick, and jammy, while in Napa it is plush with ripe, sweet black cherry flavors. California zinfandels now commonly reach 15 or 16 percent alcohol levels; sometimes even higher for late harvest versions. Zinfandel “Ports” are also made.
Forget horses plowing between vines, the latest must-have in vineyard maintenance is chickens. Leading the way is a Loire Valley producer who has just introduced 250 chickens to an acre of his vineyard to help with the upkeep.
Philippe Boucard, a grape grower in the cabernet franc-producing appellation of Bourgeuil, has fenced off a part of his vineyard to host the chickens and prevent any foxes from attacking the birds.
“The chickens scratch and aerate the soil, mow, eat grass and insects. They will be doing a lot of the work for me,” said Boucard.
The chickens have taken well to their new home, but the grower realizes he will have to keep an eye on them. “I’ll have to be very careful when the grapes start to mature,” he said. “They might be too tempting for the birds” – leaving Boucard with no fruit on the vines. When that time comes, he will relocate the chickens to their alternative accommodation – a nearby pen.
However, the vineyard is not some kind of chicken utopia. Boucard has teamed up with a local restaurant owner in the village of Ingrandes de Touraine who will use the birds’ free-range eggs in his dishes. The chickens themselves will eventually end up in the oven.
The restaurateur, Belgian-born Simon Vincent, said: “I intend to offer quality chicken to my customers because the animals have had the freedom to roam. We can also do a lot with the eggs – they are the base for great pastry, croissants, wafers, and also ice cream and eggs en cocotte.”
Μια μητέρα και ο γιος της έχουν ανακαλύψει ένα νέο τρόπο για να σφραγίζουν ένα μπουκάλι κρασί-με ένα προφυλακτικό.
Περιγράφεται ως «η καλύτερη προστασία για τους λάτρεις του κρασιού».Το προφυλακτικό του κρασιού έχει σχεδιαστεί από το Mitchell Strahan και τη μητέρα του, ως ένας τρόπος σφραγίσματος της φιάλης του κρασιού και χωρίς αμφιβολία πυροδοτεί ενδιαφέρουσες συζητήσεις.
Το προφυλακτικό μιας χρήσης, εξελίχθηκε από μια εταιρία που ειδικεύεται με το καουτσούκ στα τρόφιμα, το προσάρμοσε ώστε να μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί σε οποιοδήποτε μπουκάλι.
Γράφοντας στη σελίδα Kickstarter,ο Strahan είπε ότι η εφεύρεση ευθυγραμμίζεται με ένα μπουκάλι κρασί εξαλείφοντας το σύνδρομο » Pain-In-The-Ass-Leans-To-The-Side-Which-Never-Quite-Fits-In-The-Refrigerator-Syndrome » που προκαλείται από τις παύσεις ενός κανονικού μπουκάλιου προσθέτοντας ότι και τα δύο είναι «βολικά, μιας χρήσης, και ξεκαρδιστικά.»
Οι επιχειρηματίες έχουν ήδη εγείρει $ 1.255 από το στόχο τους των 7.500 δολαρίων που έχει δημιουργήσει το εγχείρημα στο Kickstarter σε μια προσπάθεια να προσελκύσει υποστηρικτές.
THE WORLDS BEST WINE STOPPER!
Works great on beer bottles too!
WINE CONDOMS: “The ultimate protection for wine lovers!”
They say “necessity is the mother of all inventions”
…in our case, it just took a mother with a sense of humor!
WINE CONDOM(s) are FUNNY and an obvious conversation starter at any party or gathering among friends.
…but on the PRACTICAL side it offers some real advantages to the status quo wine stopper.
ABOUT WINE CONDOM(s)
- Each WINE CONDOM package contains 10 or 25 individual condoms
- Each WINE CONDOM is made of 100% rubber
- Each WINE CONDOM is designed to be disposable after 1-2 uses.
- Each WINE CONDOM package comes with a resealable pouch
- Each WINE CONDOM is adaptable and can be used on beer and soda bottles in addition to wine
1. REFRIGERATOR STORAGE
WINE CONDOM(s) sit flush with the rim of the bottle. Most wine stoppers on the market sit 1/2- 2 inches (or more) above the wine bottle rim. The added height causes the following storage syndrome:
WINE CONDOM(s) provide effortless refrigerator shelf and/or door storage.
2. ON-THE-GO PROTECTION
WINE CONDOM(s) stow comfortably in your pocket (or wallet..he he)
Pack and take ’em ANYWHERE!
WINE CONDOM(s) allow you to more easily enjoy your favorite bottled beverage at the Lake, Concert, Campgrounds, or Stadium.
3. 100% DISPOSABLE
WINE CONDOM(s) can be thrown away after use.. You wouldn’t expect to use, wash, then re-use a drinking straw – neither should you have to do this with your wine stopper.
WINE CONDOM(s) are convenient, disposable, and HILARIOUS!
Brainstorming the idea of WINE CONDOMs was the just the beginning. Next up- creating one. Initially I thought of contacting a condom manufacturer, however, I quickly decided against it. Condoms would be too thin and transparent. “I like making people laugh not vomit!”
I quickly switched gears and found a rubber manufacturer tailored to the food industry who could make a prototype to fit my exacting specifications. It was PERFECT! With the product out of the way, I contacted a good friend of mine to collaborate on the logo and packaging. Like the product, it too needed to be playful not gross.
I’ve always admired the elegant design of wood cigar boxes, however, in this case – it seemed a tad bit too pretentious. The decision soon became clear. I needed a simple display box that would showcase the playful WINE CONDOM logo. At this point, I’ve spent all my funds on a bulk order of WINE CONDOMs which prevents me from being able to meet the minimum order required for packaging (5,000). This is where you lovely people come in!
SO HERE’S THE GAME PLAN
Once funded, I’ll begin the process for creating the packaging! I’ll submit my artwork and begin working with a design department. Since I’ve already invested in the bulk purchase of the actual WINE CONDOM product- that part is already taken care of! With packaging in the works, Its on to the other awesome rewards: sunglasses, t-shirts, hoodies, Etc. I will purchase my KickStarter rewards during the 2 week turnaround for the packaging. After the boxes ship I’ll be spending my time with a couple friends in my lovely garage putting the packages together. I feel completely confident in my ability to see this company through in the time frame I’ve created. I’ve had many earlier entrepreneurial experiences that have taught me a lot about things to avoid, and things to pay attention to, and most importantly, to Never give up!
REGULAR PACK: Contains (10) “TEN” individual condoms
LARGE PACK: Contains (25) “TWENTY-FIVE” individual condoms
HEY, YOU JUST BOUGHT WINE CONDOM(s), YOU’RE A BAD-ASS! IT’S ABOUT TIME YOU STARTED LOOKING LIKE ONE!
I’LL GIVE YOU THE SHIRT OFF MY BACK! (THIS IS THAT SHIRT)
A BOTTLE OF MERLOT, BEARSKIN RUG, AND A FIREPLACE MEAN NOTHING WITHOUT THIS COMFY SIGNATURE SWEATSHIRT!
SOME HAVE CLAIMED I HAVE A SMILE THAT CAN END WARS AND CREATE WORLD PEACE….. I’M NOT SURE ABOUT THAT, BUT I DO KNOW I CAN GIVE AMAZING SHOUT-OUTS.
DINNER WITH MITCH AND LAURA
IT’S OUR TREAT! MITCH WAS THE INVENTOR AND I BROUGHT THE INSPIRATION. I’M A DALLAS COMEDIAN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE AWARD WINNING ALL-FEMALE COMEDY SHOW, FOUR FUNNY FEMALES. www.fourfunnyfemales.com
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The KickStarter community has the amazing ability to turn ideas into reality. Wine Condoms is the result of a year of research + almost non-stop fits of laughter and we’re excited to get the ball rolling. We need your support to launch the most unique and silly wine stopper ever invented. At this time, we are working with a rubber manufacturer which is making our wine condom to exact size specifications. In addition, we are working with a manufacturer to create the packaging. KickStarter funds will allow us to meet the packaging manufacturer’s minimum quantity requirements, which at this time is cost prohibitive. Barring any shipping delays or packaging design delays– we should be set to deliver your rewards in the allotted time frame.