USEFUL INFORMATION

The disgorgment

The disgorgment

THE DISGORGEMENT   Disgorgement (dégorgement in French) is a step in making champagne and other bottle fermented sparkling wines. After the second fermentation the wine rests on the yeast cells, called lees, for a period of time, usually between 15 and 36 months (though most producers age for much longer then the [...]

 

The corkscrew - utility and great valued art

The corkscrew - utility and great valued art

  THE CORKSCREW – UTILITY AND GREAT VALUED ART The largest corkscrews collection in the world is in Bucharest   Corkscrew Private Collection, the largest corkscrews collection in the world, was inaugurated in 2015 in Bucharest and homologated in the same year by the Guinness Book of Records. Now the exhibition [...]

 

2014 - the birth of Orange wine in Romania

2014 - the birth of Orange wine in Romania

2014 – the birth of Orange wine in Romania   What is Orange-wine? Today the term “Orange-wine” describes an archaic, ancient way of vinification. Here mainly white grapes are partial or completely de-stemmed respectively crushed and then fermented on their skins. This period can include days or even months. To [...]

 

PETILLANT WINE

PETILLANT WINE

  Petillant is the French word that has been traditionally used to describe fizzy, slightly effervescent wines other than Champagne. Petillant - or frizzante - in wine talk alludes to a “semi-sparkling” wine with just a bit of carbonation in solution, not enough to make the bottle open with a loud pop, but just [...]

 

Tannins in wine

Tannins in wine

TANNIN   The tannin is a natural preservative derived from skins, bunches and kernels of grapes but also from the wood barrels (in case of wines).   The tannin prolongs the active life of the great red wines.   A tannic wine produces an astringent taste in the mouth and on the gums. Tannin feels very good when [...]

 

AOC & GI

AOC & GI

APPELLATION D'ORIGINE CONTROLEE AND GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS   Appellation d'origine controlee (AOC) represents the name of a region or locality or a specific place or, in exceptional cases, of a country which serves to designate a product originating in that region, locality, place or country and whose quality or characteristics [...]

 

How to serve Sparkling Wine

How to serve Sparkling Wine

HOW TO SERVE SPARKLING WINE Categorisation: Raw Natural or Raw Zero (less than 3 grams of sugar per liter)  Extra raw (less than 6 grams of sugar per liter)  Raw (less than 15 grams of sugar per liter)  Extra Dry (12 to 20 grams of sugar per liter)  Dry (17 to 35 grams per liter)  Semidry (35 to 50 grams [...]

 

Wine bottle size chart

Wine bottle size chart

Wine bottle size chart   Split – 0.187 L   Half – 0.375 L   Standard – 0.75 L   Magnum – 1.5 L   Marie – Jeanne – 2.25 L   Double Magnum – 3.0 L   Jeroboam – 5.0 L   Imperial – 6.0 L   Salmanazar – 9.0 [...]

 

Oak barrels

Oak barrels

 OAK BARRELS   The number of uses of an oak barrel has an impact on the final taste of the wine. The newer the barrel, the more flavour and tannin it will give the wine. Less famous Bordeaux vineyards use barrels that have been used before and therefore the effect isn't the same as it is in the case of quality [...]

 

Wine Serving Temperatures

Wine Serving Temperatures

 WINE SERVING TEMPERATURES   According to convention, white and rosé wines are served cold and red ones are served at "room temperature", which is a fairly vague term. It's nice to know that this is just a convention - if you don't obey this rule, you could enhance your pleasure.   Demi-sweet [...]

 

The Basics of Wine Tasting

The Basics of Wine Tasting

THE BASISCS OF WINE TASTING   - you'll need a white surface to examine the colour;  - you will be unpopular if you smoke, wear parfume or have a strong odor at formal tastings;  - Whatever the occasion, it will be much easier to taste wine without being bothered by odors, though, in certain social events you may [...]

 

Winemaking in Romania

Winemaking in Romania

WINEMAKING IN ROMANIA   Winemaking has well defined areas, and within these areas wines under controlled origin can be produced. Winemaking habitat units in Romania are: The winemaking region spans over a large distance which usually coincides with the historical province. It has some common characteristics regarding [...]

 

Dessert wine – straw wine

Dessert wine – straw wine

DESSERT WINE - STRAW WINE   Grapes are harvested in late autumn, in October or even later, and then they are stored in airy spaces. The clusters are placed on racks and mats (to avoid mold) in order to dry and reduce or eliminate water (dehydration) present in berries. Concentration of sugar and flavors grows. They are stored [...]

 

Food and Wine Pairing

Food and Wine Pairing

Food and Wine Pairing   Food and wine paring is not as complicated as it sounds. First of all, pairing wines and food is entirely an experience personalised by you and your taste buds, says Eddie Osterland, Master Sommelier.   Properly chosen, wine acts like a spice rather than a beverage. Like salt and pepper or a [...]