Wine for Normal People
California is a huge state and makes up 90% of wine production in the United States. This week we tackle this great state that put U.S. winemaking on the map. A special thanks to Magnus, a listener from Sweden, who brought it to my attention that we had to get on it and tackle California. Here’s the show summary: We start with a story about a corked wine we had and M.C. Ice explains his experience of it. We tackle an excellent listener question about why high alcohol wines don’t age well. Then we hit the major quality winemaking areas of California from north to south, giving an overview (or maybe a little more than an overview) of each: Mendocino Sonoma Napa The Central Coast And then we touch on the Sierra Foothills, the Central Valley, Southern California, and a mention a few others. We’ll hit each of the four big areas in detail in future podcasts, but this should give you some idea of how much more California has going on than meets the eye. I [...]
Direct download: 68Ep068_CaliforniaOverview.mp3
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Facebook friends voted and the Grape Miniseries won for the topic this week! So for the first podcast of 2013 we tackle the King of the Spanish reds: Tempranillo. It has more…and less… to it than meets the eye. After lots of wonderful thanks and fun comments, we get to this fascinating, native Spanish grape. A few notes on it… The grape is from northern Spanish and gets its name from  “Temprano” which means early, since it ripens 2 weeks before Rioja’s other important grape – Garnacha The wine is deep-colored, lower in acid and alcohol, and has amazing ageability but a lot of times it’s kind of bland on flavor. If it’s got any flavor it’s kind of like berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather, and herbs. It can be a lot better in a blend, as the folks in Rioja can tell you. Climate and elevation is everything for Tempranillo — it does best in cool climates and at elevation.  Yields HAVE to be controlled to produce a good wi [...]
Direct download: 67Ep067_GrapeMiniseries-Tempranillo.mp3
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