Posted By:Benjamin Norris, Author at Okanagan Wine Club
Amazingly varied, incredibly expressive and endlessly fascinating, Riesling is a true white wine lover’s grape varietal. In restaurants and wine bars from Brooklyn to Berlin, from Osaka to right here in Okanagan, this Germanic grape has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years, as a new generation of wine fans have discovered its charms and have been utterly seduced by its myriad qualities.
Today, the possibilities of what one can do scientifically with grapes and grapevines is almost limitless. The progress made in the natural sciences have been dazzling and dizzying, to say the least, and every bottle of wine we drink has benefited from our greater understanding of how to produce more characterful, flavourful and aromatic fruit.
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The other day, I heard for perhaps the thousandth time in my life the following cliche: “Oh, X is like fine wine… it gets better with age”, where X usually refers to a person, self-conscious about the fact that none of us are getting any younger. This got me asking myself the following questions: does all fine wine improve with age? Do any poor quality wines also improve with age? Which wines - if any - are best drunk young and ...Read More
Apart from wine, how many foods or drinks can you name which come with their own sets of rules? Granted, there are a couple of local specialities here and there which tradition dictates must be consumed in a certain way (don’t get a Brit started on whether the milk comes before or after the water when making a cup of tea), but wine really does take the crown when it comes to supposed ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to drink. Read More
Life can be full of disappointments, but there’s no reason to add wine drinking to the already overcrowded list of little let-downs that plague us from day to day. Wine is by its very nature a mysterious thing, and until you’ve gotten home, popped that cork and poured yourself that first glass, there’s no real way of knowing exactly what you’re going to encounter. It might be an unforgettable thrill, it might be a new firm favourite, ...Read More