On one of our Vino Latino Tours we had some guests that had a long discussion about tequila amongst themselves. They used terms like “Anejo” and “reposado” and “Mezcal.” This meant nothing to me since I don’t drink tequila. In the same way, there are terms and lingo attached to wine that if you don’t know or understand, you might not know what is in your glass. This is exactly the same with wine grapes. Chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, zinfandel, etc are simply the names of different types of wine grapes. They all taste like grapes but each has a different character. The more you try wine the more you’ll start to learn what types of wine is your favorite RESERVE? OLD VINE? Some terms you often see on a bottle are terms like “Reserve” or “Old Vine.” These terms are integrity based, meaning there is no legal weight behind them. A winery can put these terms on any bottle, and often the big producers do! Yikes! But the vintners we work with put the weight of their integrity behind their labels. When they put “reserve” it’s usually their best barrels. “Old Vine” usually refers to vines that are over 50 years old. Voces Old Vine Zinfandel is made from vines that are 120 years old! Solovino’s Resever Cabernet tastes much more elegant and refined than their regular cabernet. At the end of the day, however, as my dad often said, “There are only two kinds of wine, the kind your like and the kind you don’t” May you find the wine you like in your glass!
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