Click on each picture to learn about the fundamentals of understanding and enjoying wine.
Before the wine making process can begin it's important to understand the factors that affect grape production and how these geographical factors are seen in the different regions. Grape growing covers an annual cycle and includes all stages up until harvesting. Before looking at the factors that affect the growth and yield of the grapes it's important to understand how the vines actually produce the final grapes.
It's often argued 'What plays the biggest role in making a great wine?'. Whether it’s the grapes themselves affected by the terrain, climate and weather, or if the wine maker and the techniques they use have a greater influence. It's important to have a small understanding or this to appreciate different wine styles and the effort that goes into producing wine each way.
With over 1,300 wine grape varieties this is far from the full collection. I have instead put the focus on grapes that you are more likely to come into contact with.
Keeping wine for longer. This is a fundamental part of keeping wine. Whether laying it down as an investment, saving the bottle to drink in years to come, or it’s sitting open waiting in the fridge. Storage of wine can drastically change the outcome of what reaches the glass.
Faults and Flaws
This is a vital area of wine service and enjoyment. A faulty bottle can, not only be unenjoyable, but can cause sickness which is unpleasant for all those concerned. There are a variety of issues that can occur, but some of these are completely harmless and recognising this is equally key in ensuring a perfectly good bottle is not discarded by mistake.
Components of food
This is an extremely subjective area; people have very different opinions on what combinations work best. It's difficult to evaluate a whole dish in terms of its interaction with the wine, however individual elements can react in certain ways.