Fine wines have desirable characteristics depending on the climate, combination of soil, cultivation methods used in the vineyard and the variety of grapes. Wine growers utilize new and proven growing methods in order to produce award-winning wines.
Acidity, bouquet, body, crispness, and sweetness are some of the important characteristics that are considered during wine judging. Wines with the most desirable characteristics are usually those from the most advantageous location.
Topping the list of wines with the most appreciated characteristics is Italy. The region of Tuscany is especially renowned as producing excellent wines. A combination of location and the ancient culture used to produce the wine is thought to be the key to their quality of excellence.
France is also known worldwide for producing consistently excellent wines. A few of the top regions for growing wines in France are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Provence.
Each region bases its reputation on its own style and quality of their wines. The quality of French wines is determined by the methods of production used to ensure the quality characteristics that have made French wines distinguishable from others.
Because of countries investing highly in the study of aspects of wine making such as growing and bottling, there’s a surge in production of quality wines in countries like the USA, Australia, and Argentina.
When it comes to judging the desirable characteristics of wine, it’s complex and confusing but most wine aficionados agree that the key factor is the variety of the grape. Labeled by wine judges as “varietal character,” the flavor of the grape used in a specific wine is a considered to be a positive characteristic.
In describing the characteristics of wines, an entire language of wine is used. It helps wine growers, wine lovers, and judges communicate with each other although when heard for the first time it seems to have a poetic quality about it.
Words that are elementary to a wine enthusiast includes aromatic, robust, and full-bodied. When it comes to discovering various wine characteristics, the fun is in sampling wines from around the world and see if you’re able to match the characteristics.