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Who’s Wine is it Anyway

So thank you for the feedback that I have had and glad the peeps are behind the cause – nice to see!!  So my first blog was a bit of a ‘headline’ as to why I think wine warrants shouting about – in a nutshell, which it definitely was.  So over the coming weeks, I want to dig a bit deeper into what gets me going about wine, why people should be drinking more of it and above all, to get people to have the confidence to be able to converse with their friends, family etc about wine.  Let;’s face it, there is nothing worse than a donut that thinks he or she knows everything about wine, and therefore gives them the right to raise their volume above everyone elses and claim to be He-man (or She-ra if you will).  Wine is about 2 things in my opinion…personal taste and confidence.  If you don’t know what you like and why you like it and if you don’t have the confidence to talk about it, then where would we all be?  Ok, quick lesson then before I start to tell stories and go on and on (by the way, let me remind you that I have only been in the wine trade for 2 and a half years – and believe me, it doesn’t take that long to get to grips with the basics of wine)….it’s just that work got in the way for me….that little thing called work that pays my bills and pays for the sometimes silly money I can send on wine tastings at home!!

Anyway, I digress, so basically wine can be split into to distinct styles, Old World and New World (Old World being you France, Spain, Germany and Italy amongst others and New World being New Zealand, Australia, USA etc) – all countries make wine of varying levels of quality and price, it’s basically the style of wine that differs.  The 2 most guiding influences of Old World Wines are Terroir and Tradition.  The terroir is the geography and situation in which the vineyards are grown (soil, climate and topography) and the Tradition – well this can be very detailed, but its all about the ways in which the winemaker made their wine – oak ageing, barrel/bottle fermentation, malolactic fermentation etc, the land also plays a huge part.  For example, a winemaker who want’s to make a Riesling from the Mosel will want to put a bit of ‘land personality’ into it (the Mosel is famous for slate slopes and so will add its own wicket touch to the wine) – all this makes up how basically old World wines were and are still made.

Word after word of educational dross over – let’s get to the good part!  To get an idea of what Old World wine tastes like, next time you are at Majestic or Oddbins or your local merchant, ask or if you feel confident grab a bottle of the following:

1)  Red Burgundy (Pinot Noir)

2)  Bordeaux (sounds like it will be expensive, but look for Bordeaux Superiore on the label and you can pick one up for under five sheets) don’t worry too much about what type, just go for one that tickles ya fancy

3)  Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc)

There is a New World equivalent to all of these of which I promise you are worlds apart in terms of smell and taste and is a great discussion topic.  Give it a go and reply to my blog with some thoughts.

It was hard writing this because I could have gone on and on – one step at a time Scott Malyon!!

Over and out for now as this was a bit impromptu.  next week I’ll have some cool stuff to talk about, and little more light-hearted.  In the meantime, here is how NOT to follow the Drinkaware national message.  Sorry!

Wine is fun, fun is wine best drunk now and when you dine

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