They’re made from fermented grape juice after all. Unfortunately, it’s not quite so simple. Many winemakers use animal products in the “fining” process and have done for decades.
Georgia, the country at the intersection of Europe and Asia, is the “cradle” of winemaking – wine was first produced in what is now Georgia some 8,000 years ago and it happened by accident!
Grape juice seeped into an underground clay pit and naturally fermented into wine. UNESCO has listed the traditional Georgian winemaking method – in a clay jar, or vessel called a Qvevri – on its truly bizarrely named category called “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”!!
Please find link which comes with some chart topping, foot tapping, sing-a-longa music! Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
It may come as a surprise that one of the world’s most revered black grapes originated via a chance crossing of another black grape – Cabernet Franc – and the white grape – Sauvignon Blanc. This is believed to have occurred in South-West France some time during the 17th century. Whilst miles apart in colour, you can though find some aromatic and flavour compounds which link these two together – most notably the herbaceous and chopped green bell pepper bouquet and taste – particularly in cooler climate examples. And Cabernet Franc come across more like a restrained, unplugged, or “acoustic” version, of the mighty and tannic structured son Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wright Wine Company recommends:
- Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Mayfly 2017 13.0% £10.00
- Saumur Champigny, Tuffe, Château du Hureau, ORGANIC 2015 13.0% £14.50
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Montes Alpha, Colchagua Valley, Montes 2014 14.0% £14.00
The Reynolds family originated from England and have had associations with Portugal since Thomas J. Reynolds arrived in 1820 – attracted by the potential of the wine trade.
Set on the edge of the Parque Natural de Serra de S. Mamede close to the Spanish border – almost parallel with Lisbon – the one-hundred acres of vineyard is surrounded by meadows, oak and cork trees on a soil of mainly shale.
The terrain promotes huge temperate variations from night to date which gives great ripening conditions for the grapes, which are mainly the Alicante Bouschet variation which was introduced to Portugal by the Reynolds family.
Sophie Shepherd paid a visit to this Wright Wine Company favourite in June…