has only been one change in the famous 1855 Classification
of Bordeaux wines. In 1973 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild
was bumped up from a ‘Second Growth’ to a ‘First
largest cork tree in the world is known as ‘The
Whistler Tree’. This tree is located in the Alentejo
region of Portugal and averages over 1 ton of raw
cork per harvest. Enough to cork 100,000 bottles
only 3 grapes that can be used in Champagne are
Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
residual sugar levels in Champagne that are represented
on the labels are categorized as follows: BRUT (0-1.5
% residual sugar), EXTRA DRY (1.2-2.0 % residual
sugar), SEC (1.7-3.5 % residual sugar), DEMI-SEC
(3.3-5.0 % residual sugar), DOUX (5.0 + % residual
sugar). Brut being the most popular.
vintage of Opus One has ever contained less than
80% Cabernet Sauvignon. Opus One’s debut vintage
was in 1979.
10 Cru status villages of Beaujolais are Brouilly,
Chénas, Chiroubles, Côte-de-Brouilly, Fleurie, Morgon,
Régnié, Saint-Amour, (and the king of Beaujolais)
most recent American Viticultural Area (AVA) to
be approved in Oregon by the B.A.T.F. is the Applegate
Valley. The region is home to 7 wineries and about
30 vineyards. AVA status was issued in 2001.
is more heavily planted in the Bordeaux region than
Valley recently surpassed Disneyland as California’s
#1 tourist destination, with 5.5 million visitors
state in the U.S. but 6 produced commercial wine
world’s smallest vineyard and winery is Africus
Rex. The Vineyard is 4 feet by 18 feet, located
in Canada, and produces Cabernet Franc. http://www.cyberus.ca/~chorniak/africus/index.html
pressure in a bottle of Champagne is about 90 pounds
per square inch. That is about 3 times the pressure
in your automobile tires. Now you know why that
metal cage is over that cork so tight.
Resort & Casino in Connecticut is the largest
single purchaser of Dom Perignon in the world.
strict French system for ensuring quality in winemaking
and grape growing regulations known as the A.O.C.
(Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) was implemented
in 1935. It was based on a system already in place
in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1923.
regions you have never heard of but may remind you
of someone: Melissa, Nardo, Faro, and Ischia. All
located in Southern Italy and Sicily.
intro on a winery web site. http://www.toastedhead.com/
average number of grapes it takes to produce a bottle
of wine: 600.
to scientist Bill Lembeck there are approximately
49 million bubbles in a bottle of Champagne.
U.S. is the 4th largest wine-producing nation coming
in behind Italy, France and Spain.
U.S. ranks 33rd in per-capita wine consumption with
a miserable 2.08 gallons a year.
German law established in 1971 that categorized
wine quality, designated the best stuff as Qualitätswein
mit Prädikat or QmP for short. It means “quality
wine with distinction or special properties”. Within
this highest level there are 6 sub-levels that distinguish
quality and grape ripeness at harvest. Kabinett-Reserve.
Spätlese-Late Harvest. Auslese-Select Harvest. Beerenauslese-Berry
Select Harvest. Trockenbeerenauslese- Dried Berry
Select Harvest. Eiswein- Ice Wine.
largest publicly displayed collection of Chateau
d’Yquem, valued at 1million dollars and encompassing
every vintage from 1855 to 1990, is on display at
the Rio resort in Las Vegas.
soil of the famed Grand Cru vineyard “Clos de Vougeot”
in France’s Burgundy region is considered so precious
that vineyard workers are required to scrape it
from their shoes before they leave for home each
night. Man, those French are hardcore.
South African flagship grape varietal grape known
as “Pinotage” is a hybrid of two grape varietals.
Pinot Noir and Cinsault.
oldest winery in Sonoma County: Buena Vista Winery,
established in 1857. The oldest winery in Napa Valley:
Charles Krug Winery, established in 1861.Bonus “Bit-O-Info”