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. . . wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized


What a great lunch . . . a simple, locally produced red wine to wash down a chunk of fresh bread with cheese or pate! This is what life is all about.

If you asked me what I know about wine you could probably write it on the back of a postage stamp, but for all that I still think there is a magic about wine unlike other drinks. Is it the memories of long gone summers, sitting around in the warmth of sunnier climes, sipping an unknown wine and feeling at peace with the world? I don't know but one thing I do know is that there is a lot of pleasure and enjoyment to be had from going on a wine tour . . . and the chance to learn so much more about this unique beverage.

For this reason now has a wine tours section dedicated to giving you information about the different kinds of wine tours, wine vacations or wine tasting vacations and tours available in different parts of the world.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing . . . not when it comes to wine as the more knowledge you have the better you will enjoy your wines.

Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of unmodified grape juice - the natural chemical balance of grapes is such that they ferment completely without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes or other nutrients. Wine grapes grow almost exclusively between thirty and fifty degrees north or south of the equator. The world's most southerly vineyards are in the Central Otago region of New Zealand's South Island and the most northerly is in Flen, Sweden.

If God forbade drinking, would He have made wine so good? ~ Cardinal Richeleu

Wine is usually made from one or more varieties of grapes, where such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, or Merlot is used as the predominant grape making what is known as a varietal, as opposed to a blended wine. Blended wines are in no way inferior to varietal wines - some of the world's most valued and expensive wines from the Bordeaux, Rioja or Tuscany regions, are a blend of several grape varieties of the same vintage. Wine can also be made from other species or from hybrids, created by the genetic crossing of two species.

The variety of grapes, aspect (direction of slope), elevation, and topography of the vineyard, type and chemistry of soil, the climate and seasonal conditions under which grapes are grown, the local yeast cultures together form the concept of "terroir." The range of variables leads to great variety among wine products, which is further increased by the fermentation, finishing, and ageing processes. This is why many small vintners use growing and production methods that preserve or accentuate the aroma and taste influences of their unique terroir.

I can certainly see that you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn't know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret. ~ Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers

If you run a wine tour, wine vacation or wine tasting vacation and tour and would like to be featured on this web site we would love to hear from you as well.







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