All About Wine

Why Zinfandel Lovers Should Head To Croatia?

- By Kate Springer 

 

America claims zinfandel as its own-but Croatia has something to say about that.

Zinfandel is misunderstood on many levels. It’s way more than a boxed wine downed by college kids and book clubs. There’s the blush we all know, and then a peppery, full-bodied red that we dare to say-yes, we dare-could compete with any shira....

Why are some wines not suitable for vegetarians?

Sumitra Karki

Naikap, Kathmandu

 

Normally this is because of the agents that have been used to ‘fine’ or clarify the wine, which can be animal derived products like isinglass (from fish) or gelatin (which can be derived from animal bones). There are alternative fining agents like PVPP, a synthetic agent, and Casein which is made from milk (so not ....

What does it mean when a wine is listed as “drink now”?

Sandesh Pakhrin

Jwagal, Lalitpur

 

A window of “drink now” means that the taster doesn’t believe this wine will improve with any additional bottle age. Many (actually, most) wines are ready to drink upon release, and many wine drinkers prefer to enjoy these wines when they’re still young and have their youthful flavors and structure. Ho....

Does the age of the vine affect the quality of the wine?

 Samikshya Sijapati

Teku, Kathmandu

 

You will sometimes see on French wine labels the term Vieilles Vignes (“old vines”). In California, many Zinfandels are made from vines that are more than 75 years old. In Europe, South America, Australia, and South Africa I’ve tasted many wines that were made with grapes from vines that are over 100....

VILLA MARIA Private Bin Chardonnay 2016 EAST COAST NEW ZEALAND

The Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast blend consists of parcels grown in Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and a small portion from the Marlborough region. This inter-regional blend produces a complete wine displaying the full spectrum of Chardonnay flavors. The vineyards in the three regions are managed differently to ensure that their individual microclimate produces the optimal fruit.

 

Toughest Foods to Pair with Wine

Food and wine pairing has always been the trickiest part for anyone, be it a housewife, a wine enthusiast or even a wine expert.  And then there are some dishes or even some ingredients, which are really tough to pair with a wine. But if you seriously look into the matter, you may be able to find out a perfect pair for these toughest foods as well. There are a lot of these, out of which we....

How much wine can I drink without damaging my health?

Manish Kakshapati

Jyatha, Kathmandu

 

First of all, I’m not a doctor: if you have any concerns about how your drinking might be affecting your health, you should visit your General Physician. Beyond this, the answer is unclear. It’s hard to give precise limits because people differ in their ability to metabolize alcohol (big people can drink a lot ....

How can you taste tannin in wine?

Kiran Shrestha
Maijubahal, Kathmandu

Tannin is tasted at the back of the tongue and tastes bitter like a strong cup of tea that makes your mouth fur up. It also has the sensation of an underripe or green banana. Tannin comes from the skins of the grapes and from oak ageing. It is mainly found in red wines.

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What does the color of the wine explains about wine?

Ramesh Rana
Dhobighat, Lalitpur

In terms of white wine, it become deeper (more golden) with age. Whereas in red wines, the more purple the wine, the younger it is. In young wines, the color is usually uniform. The more brown, tawny or orange the wine, the older it is. With age, the color is not uniform and is lighter at the rim of the glass compared with the centre.

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SAINT COSME COTES- DU- RHONE 2016 RHONE FRANCE

The 2016 Cotes- du- Rhone was Superb wine from mostly Syrah Grapes, blended from vineyards in Vinsobres and the Gard.
 
Sight/ Appearance
A clear wine on sight with medium plus intensity. Nice ruby color with decent purple hues, layered  texture.

Nose
Clean on the nose with medium plus intensity. Lovely floral and....

MONTES ALPHA Carmenère 2009 D.O. COLCHAGUA VALLEY CHILE

This French Oak Barrel Aged wine is smooth and rich. The relatively cool climate of Colchagua valley allows this late-ripening variety to mature slowly and smoothly and reach full ripeness. Clay soils give strength and power to the wine. After fermentation, the wine is moved to French oak barrels where it is aged for 12 months.

Sight/ Appearance
Deep and liv....