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All puckered Up! Acidity in Wine

Have you ever sat down on a sweltering day to sip a refreshing glass of acid? Few things sound less appetizing, but acidity is an important and distinctive component of wine. Too little of the naturally occurring acidity in wine grapes, and Chardonnay tastes "flabby" and dull, while Sauvignon Blanc tastes like a flat soda, and Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like soap. Too much acidity, and wine tastes sour, excessively tart or harsh. Proper levels of acidity give wine its zing, its zip, its crisp character, its food-friendliness, and its age worthiness.

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Roll Out the Barrels

Certain smells articulate a wine’s beginnings with particular clarity. Flowering grapevines delicately perfume the spring; the heady scent of fermenting grape juice marks the fall. Winter offers my favorite smell. In the wine caves, aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon permeate oak barrels, contrasting powerfully with the cold, crisp, almost sterile air of winter— a visceral reminder that the barrels house a living, breathing product of the grape and a preservation of summer’s abundance. The magnificent blend of toasty oak and ripe, berry aromas is so evocative that it regularly elicits gasps of appreciation from visitors.

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1976 Paris Tasting Recreated at Expovinis, Brazil

A recreation of the famous 1976 Paris Tasting was held at this year’s Expovinis Brazil International Wine Fair, with the results soundly repeating the original tasting.

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How Do You Like Your Tannins?

Take a sip of over-steeped tea. Now taste a fine Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The drying, bitter sensation from the tea is due to tannin—the same organic compound that gives the wine a firm structure and long, beautiful finish.

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