5 New World Wines to Gift These wines, from Argentina to Virginia, encourage friends and loved ones to explore vinous alternatives.
Wines From India The holidays are a special time of year. When else do you think about the cherished people in your life and thoughtfully plan the best presents, only to get frustrated that those people seem to already have everything and conclude there’s nothing you can give that they don’t already have? So you settle on buying another bottle of that fabulous wine they love because at least you know they’ll like it. And that go-to wine, very often, comes from a classic Old World wine region, like Bordeaux or Barolo or Champagne. Joy to the world, indeed.
Wine Club India But before you resign yourself to gift-giving defeat and go with the norm—no matter how fabulous that bottle might be—consider some out-of-the-box alternatives, wines that encourage friends and loved ones to explore the wonderful vinous options they might be missing. There are a ton of choices, with more selections available today—from more corners of the globe—than ever before, so there’s always something new and delicious just waiting to be discovered.
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Karim Vionnet's Beaujuloais Villages Speciale 2010 is a prototypical natural wine, and it's got the funky flavors and aromas common to its kind, including licorice, old leather, shoe polish, tobacco and smoked meat.
The Wine Society Of India “La Pause” is not your familiar, easygoing gamay. Dark, verging on murky, it sends up a gamey whiff of sweat-stained leather. In the mouth, it’s deeply flavored, smoky. Compared to mainstream reds, it comes across as odd, untamed.
Wines From India “We are changing the concept of what yummy is,” enthuses Lee Campbell, the statuesque beverage director at Reynard in Williamsburg, as she pours the wine.
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Differences in wine quality between vineyards have long beenattributed to processing techniques and seasonal variation. But research now suggeststhat regional differences between wines are shaped by microbes — specifically, fungi and bacteria. Cultivating certain grape microbes may actually improve wine flavor.
Wineries In India Without yeasts (fungi) and bacteria, wine wouldn't be possible. Thesehungry microorganisms break down and digest the sugar in grape juice, and thisprocess — called fermentation — results in alcohol. In recent years,researchers have begun pinpointing specific microbes that improve the overall sensorycomplexity and flavor of wine . Meanwhile, other microbes have beenimplicated in wine spoilage .
The Wine Society Of India Despite these finds, yeasts and bacteria are generally leftout of the conversation when people discuss the distinctiveflavors of wine . Instead, regional differences in wine quality is usuallytossed up to the specifics of the fermentation process, such as the size of thecontainer or the temperature used, or the soils in which the wine grapes grew.
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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A vineyard in Sonoma County, Calif. Having found distinct microbial patterns, researchers want to see if there is any relation to taste.
Vineyards In India Terroir is a concept at the heart of French winemaking, but one so mysterious that the word has no English counterpart. It denotes the holistic combination of soil, geology, climate and local grape-growing practices that make each regionâ??s wine unique.
Wineries In India Craig Lee for The New York Times Chardonnay grapes at a vineyard in Sebastopol, in California's Sonoma County.
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Remember the miserable squib of a summer of 2012? It was, by all accounts, a bit of a disaster for English wine , and many producers struggled to make anything at all. A little local knowledge goes a long way however, and the UK's sole English wine specialist, The Wine Pantry, a tiny but brilliant independent wine merchant with an enviable position in London foodie centraal as you turn onto Stoney Street opposite Borough Market, has used theirs to good effect in sourcing a charming dry white from the vintage. The Signature blend from New Hall Vineyards in Purleigh near Chelmsford, Essex (£10.99) has a touch of Alsace in its brisk mix of citrus and blossom. Even better, however, is the honeyed peach of Three Choirs' sweet sticky siegerrebe, harvested late into the mercifully Indian part of the no-less tricky summer of 2011.
Winery In India ) Another relative newcomer to the burgeoning UK indie wine scene (it's just celebrated its second anniversary by opening a wine bar), Vini Italiani in South Kensington has given itself a broader palette to paint from than the Wine Pantry: Italy is the world's second-largest wine producer, England isn't even in the Top 40. Wheat-chaff separation is the name of the game, here, and what makes Vini Italiani stand out is their willingness to root out bottles from every corner of the country. That translates into delicious curiosities like the rarely seen (in the UK) dry white bombino from Puglia in the south, with its herbs, flowers, and lime so pure they could have been distilled. But it also means superior bottles from better-known regions, such as the joyously aromatic and succulent red Tenuta Lilliano Chianti Classico 2010 (£15).
Vineyards In India ) Bordeaux comes in for a lot of justified stick for the excessive prices and rather charmless, alienating air of stiff formality that comes with its top wines, and for the mealy-mouthed meanness of the bulk-bought stuff it tends to offer up in the supermarkets. But there's a lot more to what is, after all, one of the world's largest wine regions than those two extremes, particularly in better vintages like 2009 and 2010. For the two-bottle price of £7.99, Château Recougne's classic blend of merlot with the cabernets sauvignon and franc, with its juicy blackcurrant framed by trademark Bordelais freshness and gently gripping tannin, is hard to beat for value if you're looking for a crowd-pleasing partner for a Sunday roast.
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