Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, Orange Wine Bad or Good?, Kegs of Wine, New Wine Magazine and more
Let’s start with the answer for the wine quiz #44, What is in the numbers. In the quiz, you were supposed to identify what the numbers 100%, 75%, 85% and 95% mean all together and by themselves. As VinoinLove mentioned, it was a difficult quiz – I have to agree with him – but he cracked it nevertheless! So, yes, VinoinLove is a winner of the wine quiz #44, and here is the answer.
All the numbers are taken from the definition of American Viticultural Area (AVA):
100% – If California is specified on the label, 100% of the grapes should be from California (it is interesting to note that California is an exception – it is 75% for all other states).
75% – a grape source requirement for all other states
85% – a vintage designation requirement – if a vintage specified on the bottle, at least 85% of the grapes should be coming from that vintage. Interestingly enough, until 2006, the requirement was 95%
95% – has two meanings. When specific AVA is noted on the bottle (Napa Valley, for example), at least 95% of the grapes should belong to one and the same vintage. Also, when vineyard is specified on the label (for instance, To Kalon), at least 95% of the grapes should be sourced from that vineyard.
Care to learn more? Here is the link for you.
And now to the wine news. I found few of the interesting articles I want to bring to your attention. First, what do you think of orange wine? It’s being very much discussed subject for the past 2-3 years. You get orange wine when you ferment white grape in contact with the skin for a prolonged period of time. The resulting wine is typically quite distinguishable. With the popularity of course comes a controversy, a fad, chick and all other usual things. Here an article from SF Gate covering this subject of the orange wine. It is an interesting read, especially considering that the article starts with total bashing and ends with literally a praise for the orange wine. Do you have your own orange wine experience? If you do (or even if you don’t, but have an opinion), please share it in the comment section.
When you are in a bar or a restaurant, do you prefer beer on tap or in the bottle (well, of course assuming there is a decent selection of beer on tap)? My personal preference is beer on tap, as it is usually tastes fresher. Now, how about wine? On tap or in the bottle? What, never heard this question before? Coming to the bar near you – Wine on Tap. May be it is the time for you to get prepared? Here is the link for you with some good wine on tap suggestions. Let me know if you already experienced any of the wines on tap – I had not so far, but bused on the recommendations in the article, really would love to.
January 2013 was inaugural month not only for the US President, but also for the new wine magazine called By The Bottle. Magazine is available in electronic format only, currently for iPad with Android version coming soon. I just wrote the review about the first issue, which you can find here.
In the love of all the Top Ten lists and Statistics of all sorts, here is a list of Top Ten Wine Regions in the world, according to Wine Folly. Read, analyze, discuss, make conclusions – do whatever you usually do with numbers.
I think the glass is empty – will refill in a week. Cheers!