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Do you know the right glass for your wine?

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Ever wondered why champagne is served in a flute and not in a coffee mug? Simply because wine is passion, it represents fine living, etiquette and all the good things in life. As surprising as it sounds the wine, connoisseurs believe that the glass you choose has a tremendous impact on the quality and intensity of aromas. The acquisition of excellent stemware is the first step towards improving your wine experience.

Stemware Basics:

Most common wine glasses are red wine glasses, white wine glasses, and champagne flutes. Then there are Sherry wine glasses too. A new concept of Wine tumblers (without stems) is also gaining popularity.

Red Wine Glasses

Red wine glasses have rounder, wider bowl, so that oxidation takes place rapidly altering the flavor and aroma of the wine.

Bordeaux glass: Appropriate for hearty and full bodied red wines, like Nine Hills Wine’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz. This glass has a long stem, broad bowland narrower opening. The shape of the bowl concentrates the aromas and flavors while the narrow opening allows the wine to go to the back of the mouth.

 

Burgundy glass: Broader than the Bordeaux glass but has a narrower opening than the body. The apple shaped bowl works well for fine and delicate wines like Pinot Noir that need a huge area in which to gather their aromas. This style of glass directs wine to hit the tip of the tongue.

 

White Wine Glasses

Tulip glass: A tulip shaped glass is characterized by a deep bowl that is narrow at the bottom, broad in the middle and narrow at the opening. The stem of the wine glass is shorter than the average wine glass. The narrow opening preserves the crisp, clean flavor of the white wines as it reduces the rate of aeration.Perfect for Nine Hills Wine’s Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc!!

 

Champagne Flutes

Ideal for Champagne or Sparkling wine, flutes are tall to allow the proper development of bubbles. It has a narrow and tall bowl while the mouth is small to keep the wine sparkling longer in the glass. The long stem allows you to hold the glass without warming the liquid inside. The design of the flute adds to the aesthetic appeal of champagne as it allows the bubbles to travel further due to the narrow opening.

 

Sherry Glasses

Sherry glass is used to drink sherry wines and also port wines.

The stem of a Sherry glass is shorter than other wine glass varieties. The bowl is broad at the bottom, long but tapers into a narrow mouth. The narrow opening is meant to enhance the aroma of the sherry wine.

 

Stem-less Wine Glasses

With time, a new concept of stem-less (without stem) wine glasses has evolved. This modern innovation is often criticized by traditional wine lovers and wine connoisseurs as they believe that these glasses do nothing to enhance the aroma or flavour of the wine. These glasses affect the temperature of the wine as they are nursed in hand. Also these glasses do not have the same visual appeal as the traditional varieties.

Good glasses are important for the wine tasting experience and will ultimately define whether you will like the wine or not. So leave the coffee mug for the coffee and drink your favorite wine in the right glass.

Cheers!

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Keeping Stomping Alive..

September 30, 2011 Leave a comment

It is fair to say that the 1995 movie, A Walk in the Clouds, starring Keanu Reeves and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, introduced the world of grapes-stomping to many Indians. And we were immediately blown away by the exotic romance and ritual of an otherwise simple wine-making procedure!!!

Flip through the pages of history and you will learn that grape-stomping had its origins in Rome as early as the 200 BC. For thousands of years, men and women performed the harvest dance in barrels and presses, stomping out the juice from the grapes with their bare feet to be eventually converted to wine.

But as humans stepped into the machine age, grape-stomping with their feet became an increasingly unhygienic prospect!!! Can you imagine having a bottle of wine which was made of grapes stomped with other people’s feet? Did you just recoil in aghast? Well, that’s exactly the reason why many countries have banned grape-stomping for wine production. Commercial production of wine uses machines to crush grapes, thus maintaining complete hygiene….

Despite this, harvests around the world still see stomping festivals for the fun and tradition associated with such events.

Nine Hills organized one last weekend at the Upper Crust Grape Stomping, The Lalith Ashok, Bangalore, in order to keep alive the tradition…

Bringing in this year’s harvest of red grapes — the fun-filled ‘hop-hop’ and ‘chop-chop’ of stomping lured both young and old to the barrels….

Mind you, this is just the start of the season……the winter months come with the promise of more grapes….more opportunities to re-visit tradition…

Hail Stomping!!!

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