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The Romanian Wine Industry Outlook - 2021
The Romanian Wine Industry Outlook - 2021
Romania is a major European wine country and an important producer of world-class quality wines. Place of Romania world-wide: Area under vine (5th position in the EU) behind Spain, France, Italy and Portugal. Grape production (5th position in the EU) behind Italy, Spain, France and Germany. Wine production (6th position in the EU), behind Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany. Among the [...]
Viniflora® OCTAVE is developed to ensure superior sensory characteristics in white and rosé wine from warm regions
Viniflora® OCTAVE is developed to ensure superior sensory characteristics in white and rosé wine from warm regions
Lack of acidity caused by high temperature currently requires compensation > To avoid a dull and flabby wine, most winemakers add tartaric acid which is partly unstable and lost by precipitation > Due to raising pH in grape musts, the efficiency of sulfites is reduced, consequently more SO₂ needs to be added > The high pH might trigger spontaneous malolactic fermentation, which lead [...]
Is a vineyard in Denmark even possible? “Absolutely,” says Hansenite, Sofie Saerens, at her vineyard, TuseN Vin
Is a vineyard in Denmark even possible? “Absolutely,” says Hansenite, Sofie Saerens, at her vineyard, TuseN Vin
Is a vineyard in Denmark even possible? “Absolutely,” says Hansenite, Sofie Saerens, at her vineyard, TuseN Vin Sofie Saerens, head of innovation in Fermented Beverages, is a woman with a passion. Passion for fermentation. The act of fermentation has always interested Sofie and has influenced her career choices as well as personal hobbies. Now, she and her husband have started a wine project in [...]
World wine production in 2019
World wine production in 2019
The surface area of the world vineyard is estimated at 7.4 mha, stable since 2016 World wine production (excluding juices and musts) is estimated at 260 mhl, a marked decrease, compared to the historically high 2018 production World wine consumption is estimated at 244 mhl, marking a +0.1% with respect to the previous year The world wine export market has expanded both in volume, estimated at 105.8 [...]
2020 A vintage difficult to apprehend
2020 A vintage difficult to apprehend
The northern regions see complicated alcoholic fermentation (AF) endings, with reinoculation with Bayanus type yeast and addition of activators. The southern regions are less impacted by the hot, dry summer, but night-time temperatures have dropped drastically since mid-October. Despite favorable pH levels, many malolactic fermentations (MLF) are at or near standstill. Several phenomena come into play. [...]
The Romanian wine industry in 2019
The Romanian wine industry in 2019
Place of Romania world-wide: area under vine (5th position in the EU) behind Spain, France, Italy and Portugal. grape production (5th position in the EU) behind Italy, Spain, France and Germany. wine production (6th position in the EU), behind Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany. among the first 15 countries in the world with regard to area under vine. The total area under [...]
World sparkling wine situation in 2018
World sparkling wine situation in 2018
In the last twenty years, the sparkling wine market has expanded in response to high global demand. One of the factors behind the global success of sparkling wines is the deseasonalisation of consumption (which is not linked to end-of-year celebrations or parties anymore) combined with a more diversified supply characterised by a broader range of prices than in the past. Nowadays, consumption of sparkling [...]
Dessert wine – straw wine
Dessert wine – straw wine
Grapes are harvested in late autumn, in October or even later, and then they are stored in airy spaces. The clusters are placed on racks and mats (to avoid mold) in order to dry and reduce or eliminate water (dehydration) present in berries. Concentration of sugar and flavors grows. They are stored during the winter, until they’ve frozen, and then they are gently hand-crushed. Fermentation is done in oak [...]
Tannins in wine
Tannins in wine
Wines do not have to contain tannin to be good today, but in the hope that this will bring about a better taste in the future. Just like white wines that require aging need acidity when young, tannin acts as a preservative which contributes to the growth of the great red wines. Wine can absorb all kinds of aromatic elements, but it takes time for them to harmonize and produce a mature complex wine. To contribute to [...]
Why is it recommended to buy wine from specialized wine stores?
Why is it recommended to buy wine from specialized wine stores?
In contemporary Bucharest, specialized wine stores are often embedded in or associated with wine bars. The atmosphere inside a specialized wine shop and its philosophy make the difference between a sterile experience and a comfortable, informative shopping experience. Wine bars/shops offer a wide variety of wines from different grape varieties, from different countries of the world, vinified in different styles. [...]
Oak Barrels
Oak Barrels
The number of uses of an oak barrel has an impact on the final taste of the wine. The newer the barrel, the more it will give the wine more flavour and tannin. Less famous Bordeaux vineyards use barrels that have been used before and therefore the effect isn't the same as it is in the case of quality wines. The aroma of the wine may be influenced by the method of matching the barrels and the origin of the oak [...]
Ice wine, wine produced from the grapes that passed through the first frost
Ice wine, wine produced from the grapes that passed through the first frost
How do the winemakers highlight the grapes that went through the first winter frost? They turn them into ice wine, a sweet and aromatic liquor which, like the strong essences, is kept in small bottles. Ice wine can be obtained only in special conditions of cold climate, so the production can be quite risky. On one side, it is possible for the grapes to rot before the frost and thus they can no longer be [...]
Food and Wine Pairing
Food and Wine Pairing
Food and wine paring is not as complicated as it sounds. First of all, pairing wines and food is entirely an experience personalised by you and your taste buds, says Eddie Osterland, Master Sommelier. Properly chosen, wine acts like a spice rather than a beverage. Like salt and pepper or a squeeze of lemon on fish, wine enhances and amplifies food flavours. When combining foods and wines, the goal is to create a [...]
What is terroir and what does it do for wine?
What is terroir and what does it do for wine?
Terroir is a french word (terre) derived from the Latin (terratorium) and expresses a historical and cultural concept. The wine is deeply related to the place - the natural aspects of the terroir, but also to the people - wine experts choices. The effect of these features reflects on the taste and quality of the wine. Natural aspects of the terroir: type of soil form of the land - flat, hilly, [...]
Winemaking in Romania
Winemaking in Romania
Winemaking has well defined areas, and within these areas wines under controlled origin can be produced. Winemaking habitat units in Romania are: The winemaking region spans over a large distance which usually coincides with the historical province. It has some common characteristics regarding environmental conditions, the range of grape varieties and variety of wines that can be obtained. The vineyard represents [...]
How to serve Sparkling Wine
How to serve Sparkling Wine
A bottle of sparkling wine can mean feast, but it's also a dangerous weapon. Serving temperature: 6-10 degrees Sweetness The amount of sugar (dosage) added after the second fermentation and aging varies and determines the level of sweetness of sparkling wine. Categorisation Brut Natural or Brut Zero (less than 3 grams of sugar/liter) Extra Brut (less than 6 grams of sugar/liter, with a tolerance [...]
Wine Serving Temperatures
Wine Serving Temperatures
According to convention, white and rosé wines are served cold and red ones are served at "room temperature", which is a fairly vague term. It's nice to know that this is just a convention - if you don't obey this rule, you could enhance your pleasure. Demi-sweet white wines, sparkling wines and champagne are served at lower temperatures 6-8°C White wines and dry rose wines should be served [...]
The Basics of Wine Tasting
The Basics of Wine Tasting
- you'll need a white surface to examine the colour; - you will be unpopular if you smoke, wear parfume or have a strong odor at formal tastings; - Whatever the occasion, it will be much easier to taste wine without being bothered by odors, though, in certain social events you may as well sacrifice the brief flavour of a Pinot Gris for the exotic scent of a perfume or the pleasure of a cigarette. Wine [...]
Choosing the right wine glass, or how to enjoy your wine at home
Choosing the right wine glass, or how to enjoy your wine at home
There are many types of wine glasses for different types of wine, and their choice can be complicated if you don’t have in mind a few basic concepts. There are 4 basic components that all wine glasses have: - the foot that ensures the stability and the vertical position of the glass - the stem, depending on the length, allows you to swirl the glass to release flavours, to see the colour of the [...]
Useful words for wine lovers
Useful words for wine lovers
Residual sugar: amount of sugar left in the wine after the fermentation process has finished. Volatile: something that quickly turns into fragrant vapours. All wines are, to some extent, volatile. They are volatile if they are warm and made out of very fragrant varieties. Wine is said to be volatile if it's too volatile, that is to say, it gives off its aroma so fast that it begins to smell of vinegar. [...]
Wine Aromas
Wine Aromas
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