The first rule of wine etiquette

Wine etiquette: First rule

The wine follows nowadays the nouvelle vague of cuisine. Furthermore, from the noble kitchens of Europe where the wine refining used to take place at home, wine moved on to the common table of the average family who is increasingly erudite on the wine various subjects.

The most famous wine in the world

Chianti: the history of the most famous wine in the world.

There are no certainties about the origin of the term Chianti understood both as a place and as a wine.

It seems that the name may derive from the Etruscan word CLANTE which means water, of which the Chianti area is very rich. In fact, the first reliable historical evidence concerns the Etruscans who settled in what is nowadays the Italian region of Tuscany.

Transport and preservation of wine in the history

Barrels and bottles: transport and preservation of wine in the history

History tells us that wine has been drunk on the planet for more than 6000 years and consequently it has always been necessary to find suitable containers forthe transport of wine, for the conservation of wine and obviously, also for serving the wine.

Intro to wine etiquette

Wine is culture, we know.

In recent years there have been requests for information and news regarding the divine drink from every corner of the planet by foreigners above all, but also by new generation Italians who are much more attentive to the quality of life.

The wine label

System of italian wine classifications and wine denomination

The whole complex system of wine classifications and their denomination can be found in the field of labeling.

Uncork a bottle of wine

Depending on whether a still wine, a sparkling wine, or an aged red is to be served, it will be necessary to open the bottle in as many different ways.

In the case of still wine, the bottle is placed on the table so that most of the diners can see the wine label, then proceed with the next steps.

Decanting a wine

Decanting a wine, or pouring it delicately into a carafe or decanter, is a desirable operation especially in the case of aged red wines, which tend to strip of color over the years and form the deposit.

Refinement and aging of wine

Refinement and aging of wine.

After the fermentation of the grapes and once the various steps of clarification and stabilization have been completed, the wine needs time to mix its components well.  The wine aging process changes, at times drastically, depending on the product in question, the grapes used to produce it, and the intended use of it. 

The growing of the vine and the phases of the moon.

Reliable in the contemporary age, dominated by science and research, as it was in the times of grandparents and ancestors, the moon calendar is full of suggestions relating to the cultivation of the vine and is observed by the new generations of winemakers.

A welcoming wine cellar almost like a nest.

A home wine cellar is a piece of the home where family and friends can spend pleasant hours.  Even a forgotten little place where to store your favorite wines can get warm and intimate.  Working for a functional and protected cellar is a pleasure: do it yourself.

The common vine: the adaptability of the Vitis Vinifera

 

THE CLIMATE. 

Vitis vinifera (the common vine) adapts to everything and tolerates almost everything: it recovers after periods of drought, very hot summers, frosts ... but there is a limit to the cold beyond which, when the buds appear, serious damage can occur.  This limit is -15°C: therefore we are not talking about spring frosts, but about a prolonged freezing climate, however,

Protect wine: the important choice of cork.

The extraordinary qualities of structure, malleability, and flexibility of the cork make the cork the real lung of the wine, which is no longer suffocated in its cell. The choice of the cap’s right material, especially for the high-quality wines is a priority.

Introduction to the history of wine.

The cultivation of the vine: a millenary human effort.

A series of circumstances linked to the earth and climate unfolded in an infinite series of combinations: a biological factor, the grape variety, which fits into this context and opens the doors to other infinite series of combinations.