Category: Wine history

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    New World Wines vs Old World Wines

    The terms "New World" and "Old World" are used as geographical references to determine the location where the wine was initially produced. Therefore, the term "old world wines" is reserved for wines produced in Europe and the Mediterranean countries. On the other hand, the world "new world wines" covers wines produced in Australia, the USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, and Chile. Continue reading

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    The role of wine in religion

    Throughout time, wine has played a role in pretty much everything, and religions are not an exception. On the contrary, some religions such as Islam forbid drinking wine or any other type of alcohol to that matter. In some, wine plays a significant role. Continue reading

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    How much wine does the world drink?

    Wine is loved everywhere, from Europe to the Americas and Asia. It has been the favorite drink to both kings and peasants for hundreds of centuries now.

    Each year, the OIV collects data and creates a report on global grapes production, table grapes production, dried grapes production, wine production, wine consumption, and international wine trade. Continue reading

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    Everything That You Need to Know About Fake Wine and Wine Fraud

    Fake news, fake products, fake art, fake money…

    It seems that we live in an age in which everything is plagiarized and counterfeited. Therefore, when you hear about fake wine, it shouldn’t be much surprising to you.

    We know it’s not a small thing. It’s already a massive issue that has the potential to disrupt the wine industry. Continue reading

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    The Curious Case of Rudy Kurniawan – Greatest Wine Fraudster Ever

    Rudy Kurniawan is a name that is known well across the wine community. Once it was a name that was associated with an overwhelming love for fine wines, later it was known as wine fraud.

    His criminal career ended with his arrest on March 8th, 2012. A year later, he was found guilty on several charges of wine fraud and was sentenced to ten years of imprisonment. Furthermore, he was ordered to pay $20 million for his part in selling fake wines.

    This is his story and the events that led to his downfall and capture. Continue reading

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    History of Wine in Germany

    Winemaking in Germany has a long tradition dating back some 2,000 years. It is the Romans, who at that time ruled over Germany that contributed most to the development of the winemaking. Romans that learned viticulture from the Etruscans and the Greeks spread it over Germanic territories.

    After the Romans, the church's monasteries had the most impact on winemaking, and that cultivated forward viticultural practices. Throughout the middle ages, the church monasteries planted some of Germain’s finest vineyard sites. Continue reading

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    Wine Blending – Why are Some Wines Blended?

    Blending wine can be a very rewarding experience. But at the same time, it is not without its challenges. If you are new in the exciting world of wines, you might want to learn more about wine blending before making any attempts.

    Let’s dive into the world of wine blending, why winemakers do it, how they do it, what are its benefits, and why some wines are blended while others aren’t. Continue reading

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    What is Wild Fermentation in Wine?

    Wild fermentation is not some new buzzword destined to go away after a while. Wild fermentation has been around since people realized that grape could be turned into a fantastic beverage.

    For some time, wild fermentation left forgotten and rarely mentioned in some conversations between true wine aficionados.

    But nowadays, it’s turning into a trend and gaining real momentum. Here we will explain what wild fermentation is all about. Continue reading

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    What is Sweetness in Wine?

    Sweetness in wine is one of those wine topics that is surrounded by a lot of misconceptions. Most people that love wine, but are not much educated on wines, think of sweetness as something that is solely dependent on the grape variety.

    Well, they are wrong! If you want to learn a few more practical things about sweetness in the wine, then keep on reading. Continue reading

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    History Of Wine In Japan

    Viticulture in Japan dates back to 718 AD. The first consumption of wine recorded in Japanese history was in the 16th century. At this time, Jesuit Missionaries from Portugal came to Japan. The leader of the mission, presented European wines as gifts to woo the goodwill of the feudal lords who ruled the Japanese residents of Kyūshū at that time.

    The missionaries were accepted into the Japanese community. As the missionaries used wine in their meetings, Japanese indigenes gradually acquired a taste for imported wines made from grapes. The Japanese coined the term "chintashu," which was used to refer to the Portuguese red wine that was becoming quite popular during that period. Continue reading