Tuscany is one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Join us as we explore this amazing region and discuss popular Tuscan wines, including the famous Super Tuscans!
Where Exactly Is Tuscany?
Located in central Italy and considered the heart of the country, Tuscany stretches from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Apennine Mountains. This famous Italian wine region is also home to the famous Italian cities of Florence, Pisa, Siena, and San Gimignano.
Italian wines are as delicious as they are complex. Here is a crash course on the wonderful wines of Italy!
The Popularity Of Italian Wine
Italian wine is extremely popular. In fact, vino from Italy is the largest source of imported wine in the United States. Italy is also the largest producer of wine in the entire world, beating out France.
How Long Has Italy Been Producing Wine?
Italy is one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world. Italian winemakers have been crafting delectable vino since the 2nd Century B.C., so they really know their stuff!
You learned in our last post All About Old World Wine
that wines can be labeled either old world or new world. What exactly
is new world wine? What countries produce new world wine? What are the
naming conventions used for new world wine? How does it differ in taste
from old world wine? Keep reading to find out the answers to these
questions as well as about the delicious new world wine varieties we
produce at Land O Lakes Winery.
What Is New World Wine?
The wine experts over at Wine Folly define new world wine as wines that come from any country where Vitis vinifera grapes had to be imported.
Determining the flavor profile of a red wine can be quite a difficult task due to the many different factors that come into play, including the type of grapes used, winemaking process, ageing vessels, and the vineyard’s terroir.
So many things can impact how a red wine tastes, it’s hard to come up with a wine flavor profile that’s true for each variety. For instance, despite the fact that they are made from the same grape, a Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California will always taste very different from a Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina. So, while they are both Cabernet Sauvignon wines, they will have completely different wine flavor profiles.
However, we do have some very good news! According to certified sommelier, wine expert, and creator of Wine Folly, Madeline Puckette, there are some characteristics that you can consistently look for in a red wine to determine its flavor profile. Keep reading to learn what they are and impress your friends with your newfound red wine knowledge!
Are sulfites in wine bad for me? This is a question wine lovers have been asking themselves for ages. The short answer is no, unless you have a sulfite sensitivity, sulfites won’t hurt you. Keep reading to learn all about sulfites and wine, including what exactly they are, how they are used in winemaking to help keep your wine nice and fresh, and how Land O Lakes Winery wines are naturally low in sulfites.
What Are Sulfites?
First things first. What are sulfites? Often referred to as sulfur and SO2, sulfites are compounds that occur naturally in some foods and beverages, including wine. They can also be added to foods and drinks as preservatives.
Sulfites And Wine
When it comes to wine, sulfites are actually a natural byproduct of the fermentation process. As a matter of fact, 6 to 40 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur dioxide (or sulfites) actually occur naturally in wine.