USEFUL INFORMATION FOR BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED
So, you want to learn more about wine? The following sections are aimed at those who wish to acquire some basic wine knowledge to overcome the difficulties encountered when making their first steps in the world of wine.
Why learn more about wine?
Perhaps you like collecting fine wines and have decided to build your wine cellar. You may also wish to understand the best restaurants’ wine lists drawn up by experts. What is certain is that you will be surprised from the start to find that, as a subject of study, wine is considerably broader than you might think.
There are thousands of varieties and types of wine, and you can choose the best of them. There are thousands of wine regions and wineries, each with its unique wine.
600 new wines appear on the market every day…
I am often asked: “Don’t you know this wine?” My answer is: “At the moment we are talking, perhaps on the other side of the globe or in another country, a new winery opens its doors to the public introducing some new wines”. It is impossible to know all wines.
Fortunately, the world of wine is endless, as long as we have a robust database of knowledge and information around it. This can help us select the most valuable wines and taste and enjoy them like true connoisseurs.
The Vine – Basic knowledge
The vine is an ancient plant (it has been around for thousands of years), and grapes were eaten fresh or used for making juice. All that was needed was for the juice to be left exposed for longer for the yeasts to work their magic. In the end, wine was a happy accident of nature.
The vine belongs to a large family of climbing plants, the Ampelidae (Ampelidae, Ampelidaceae, Vitaceae), including 11 genera. The genus Vitis (grapevine) of interest to the vine and the wine includes 2 subgenera, the Euvitis and the Muscadinia (rotundifolia), which have several species.