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Time for Wine

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 by in Legacy |

It is amazing how beverages have been a part of history and our culture today.  I am in the process of reading Kevin Zraly’s Complete Wine Course and am amazed at how much has affected the industry throughout the years.  Weather conditions, diseases, laws, geography, and many other influences have made wine what it is today.  It truly is an art to be a winemaker.  I just want to immerse myself into the wine industry and learn everything I can about it.  The differences in the technique and variety of grapes used are so interesting.  The tasting is the fun part.

In the past, I had shied away from drinking alcohol, and wine seemed so mystifying and only for the rich.  Going to different tastings, some free and some not, I have acquired my own taste for wine.  I started out liking whites, mostly Rieslings and buttery Chardonnays, but now I am more into reds, like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.  It makes sense that many factors go into making a good wine, and those variables are what give it a unique taste.

Just the differences in the region of where a wine is made make an impact.  Certain areas of the world grow different varieties of grapes depending upon their environmental conditions that would allow thriving vines.  Many of the wineries in Connecticut grow white grapes, due to the cooler temperatures and shorter growing period.  Some of our wineries do make red wines, but usually the red grapes are imported.

I will be continuing on my journey of learning more about wine.  The subject is so fascinating to me.  Wine was already becoming a passion of mine, but now it seems the more I know, the more I want to.

-Tanya Weitzel

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