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  1. # **Wine**
  2. I\'ve decided to create this page as a guide for people who want to know
  3. more about the world of wine. After working for 5 years in a wine shop,
  4. and having an Advanced Certificate from the Wine & Spirit Education
  5. Trust (WSET). Any questions feel free to hey or mail me
  6. [merchelo](/User:merchelo "wikilink")
  7. # Grape Varietals
  8. ## Major
  9. **Chardonnay**
  10. Expanded from it\'s Burgundian roots and planted almost world wide, it
  11. is fantastic in areas of chalky soils, in massive yields the wine tends
  12. to lose some of its character. Best when aged in wood, which gives it a
  13. round buttery flavour.
  14. **Gewurtztraminer**
  15. A native of northern Italy, but now most commonly found in Alsace,
  16. France, a grape which produces spicy wines with hints of exotic fruits.
  17. Now grown mostly in Australia, New Zealand, California, and also in
  18. eastern Europe.
  19. **Muscat**
  20. There are different types of muscat grown throughout the world, but
  21. commonly the wine produced comes in a fortified or sparkling form. Tends
  22. to be sweeter than normal, and is susceptible to mildew which can give
  23. low yields but fantastic wine.
  24. **Riesling**
  25. Another varietal which is gorwn all around the world, but produces it\'s
  26. best work in Germany. The wines have high acidity with a peachy/petrolly
  27. aroma. Can have varing levels of residual sugar in the wine, but the
  28. more the alcohol in the riesling, the less the sweetness, and vice
  29. versa. Australian Rieslings tend to be dry and crisp.
  30. **Sauvignon Blanc**
  31. A classic varitel planted widely in Bordeaux, Loire Valley, and the New
  32. World. Generally used to produce wines with marked acidity, either with
  33. or without oak againg. Can be used by master winemakers to produce some
  34. of the most fantastic and saught after wines. Gennerally not as Dry as
  35. Chardonnay and not sweet, a real thirst quencher of a grape.
  36. **Cabernet Sauvignon**
  37. Produced mainly in Bordeaux, Chile, Australia, and California. Produces
  38. a full bodied wine if correctly made, and can be very tannic (fuzzy
  39. feeling on the tongue), normally black berry tastes, but has been known
  40. to be chocolately on occasions. One of the most used grapes on the
  41. market, can come in all shapes and sizes, from a jug form from
  42. California, to a very refined St. Emillion from Bordeaux.
  43. **Grenache**
  44. Spain is where this grape mainly resides and the Rhone region in France,
  45. but has known to travel to places like Australia, as well as Argentina.
  46. The main ingredient in most Rose wines, but also used to make those
  47. great meaty powerful wines like Chateauneuf Du Pape and Rioja wines. Not
  48. as tannic as Cabernet Sauvignon, but if made correctly, and aged
  49. properly, can create a wine which is moresome.
  50. **Merlot**
  51. Second Grape of Bordeaux, and has become fashionable in the US, and
  52. Chile. Grown in great yield in New Zealand, this wine has a much softer
  53. touch than that of Cabernet Sauvignon, and has a beatifully soft
  54. fruitiness to it as well as low tannin. Some of the best \"easy
  55. drinking\" wine can be found from this grape.
  56. **Pinot Noir**
  57. The Red King of Burgandy, and the sweet sweet son of New Zealand. This
  58. grape produces small yields of great tasting wine if grown correctly.
  59. The taste is rather lighter than that of a merlot, very light bodied in
  60. the most delecate of New Zealands Pinots. In Burgundy, you pay for what
  61. you get when it comes to red wine. Cheap Burgundy tends to be very light
  62. on flavour and texture, while the more expensive, well looked after
  63. wines are nothing short of perfection when it comes to Pinot Noir.
  64. **Syrah/Shiraz**
  65. Australia, home of the best shiraz\'s on the planet. Don\'t let the name
  66. of syrah put you off, they are exactly the same thing, just some people
  67. like to call it syrah. Can be full bodied and full of flavour when grown
  68. in the right sort of area\'s. A lovely heavy deeply fruited wine with
  69. small hints of red berry fruits, and even from the more wetter parts of
  70. OZ, can give a jammy/tarty flavour to it.
  71. **Zinfandel**
  72. The Slut of California. Personnaly i dislike this grape, mainly because
  73. it is treated with the most upmost disrespect by the Americans. On it\'s
  74. day it can be some of the most fantastic wine made, but it\'s very hard
  75. to find those wines in Ireland. Main contributer to the \"got any ernie
  76. & julio rose?\" problem which Ireland has. Stoped at it\'s prime to
  77. produce a wine with high residual sugar to get the \"yung wans\"
  78. intoxicated. Best of this wine can be found from private labels from
  79. California, but also be on the lookout for it in OZ and NZ
  80. ## Minor
  81. # Best Grapes from which country?
  82. ## Italy
  83. Pinot Grigio -White Falanghina -White
  84. ## Spain
  85. ## Australia
  86. ## New Zealand
  87. ## Chile
  88. ## Argentina
  89. ## USA
  90. ## France
  91. # Champagne & Sparkling
  92. Dom Perignon lol Cristal 4 mai homies
  93. # Some nice wines
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