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.
Light, fruity & refreshing ~ Perfect for summer!
Whether on the boat, at the beach, a picnic or party, or just relaxing on the patio our sweet wines are the perfect complement to gatherings of friends and family under warm summer sun.
Lower in alcohol (7.5% about half of traditional red or white wines)
Naturally low in sulfites (considered the culprit in after taste and headaches)
Locally vinted in our Land O Lakes Winery!
A fruit flavor for every palate: Peach Chardonnay, Orange Sangria, Green Apple Riesling, Cranberry Craze, Key Lime
or our NEW flavors Blackberry Blast, Strawberry Sensation, Blueberry Bliss, Rockin’ Raspberry Rosé, Very Black Cherry
Rumor has it that spring has finally sprung, and it’s time for our snowbirds to head north!
Each year, almost a million people make their way to Florida for the winter from far flung places to the north. And who can blame them? With our sunny days, sandy beaches, and plenty of opportunities to play, Florida is the perfect place to relax. These winter visitors, affectionately known as snowbirds, are a vital part of our economy and bring a vibrant energy to our communities. And while Florida locals may do their share of teasing – the truth is that we genuinely appreciate our snowbirds!
As our seasonal friends prepare to leave for the summer, we hope they’ll take these three things with them: