By Vincent Gasnier

Do you're keen on daring reds? How approximately fruity whites? what is your own wine type? one of many fastest-rising stars on the planet of wine has stumbled on a enjoyable, clean, and intuitive approach to how one can realize the flavors you're keen on most sensible- and decide precisely the correct bottle of wine each time.

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Also known as oidium, this fungal disease is encouraged by hot, dry weather. 54 summer in the vineyard By the beginning of July (January in the Southern Hemisphere), the fruit set is complete and each tiny berry has started to expand into a recognizable grape. Now is the time that the winemaker can really start to estimate how plentiful the harvest will be. Shoots and leaves are pruned back in order to let air circulate, preventing disease from building up, and to allow maximum sunlight onto the grapes.

The winemaking method is the same as for still wines, with one major difference. ” Fermentation must therefore take place in a closed space to keep the gas dissolved in the wine. Most sparkling wine undergoes a first fermentation as normal to produce a still white wine. It then undergoes a second fermentation, either in the bottle in which it is sold (méthode champenoise, also called méthode traditionnelle and, in South Africa, cap classique), or in a sealed tank, after which it is bottled under pressure (tank method or cuve close).

Can you taste the soil of the vineyard in a glass of wine? You bet. ” on a poorer, drier soil has to struggle to survive, sending its roots deeper in search of minerals and water. It produces fewer berries, but with a more concentrated and complex juice, which translates into wines with far more potential. There is a limit to how poor the soil can be, however. If it is too dry, the plants will “shut down” to prevent drought damage, and unless the vines are irrigated, the grapes’ flavor will not develop to the fullest.

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