Wine Tips

#WineTips28 – Terroir

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:36+00:00 November 7th, 2013|Learning, Wine Tips|

12th century church overlooks the Bordeaux Paradise Rescued terroir “Terroir” is one of those seemingly mythical words that a winemaker or vigneron often uses to magically sum up why their wine has a particularly nice and different taste! In reality every vineyard, orchard, garden vegetable patch has its own unique terroir! Quite simply terroir is

#WineTips27 – Brix or Baumé

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:36+00:00 October 30th, 2013|Wine Tips|

    Using a refractometer to assess the sugar content of grape juice Brix and Baumé are two different ways to assess the relative concentration of sugar in grape juice for wine making. The Baumé scale was developed by French pharmacist Antoine Baumé in 1768.  Recorded as degrees Baumé or B°, it is

#WineTips26 – Wine America

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:36+00:00 September 19th, 2013|Wine Tips|

This week's #WineTips has been kindly writen by a local expert - New York wine expert and marketer Monika Elling, otherwise known as Winepro911: Wine America - bring on the Baco Noir? As the #1 wine market in the world, the U.S. is at the forefront of the global wine buzz.  However, for the moment,

#WineTips25 – Tannin

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:37+00:00 September 13th, 2013|Wine Making, Wine Tips|

Tannin in wines is dervied from grape skins, seeds and stalks as well as the oak barrel! Tannin is one of the most common words used in describing a wine. But what is it, what does it taste like and where does it come from? Tannin is a natural occurring part of many

#WineTips24 – Trellis

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:37+00:00 September 5th, 2013|Wine Tips|

Selecting a trellis system includes many factors including local climate Great fruit from the vineyard is essential in making good wine. Whilst there are many factors that go into producing good fruit, the right balance between vine plant vigour and grape yield is critical. Selection of the most appropriate trellis design is necessary

#WineTips23 – Fermentation Vats

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:37+00:00 August 22nd, 2013|Wine Tips|

             A stainless steel fermentation vat at Paradise Rescued Fermentation of grape juice to make wine has been going on in different vats for a number of centuries. A wide range of vessels and containers can be used with differing degrees of success and tastes as required by

#WineTips 22 – Sémillon

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:38+00:00 August 9th, 2013|Bordeaux Wine, Wine Tips|

Sémillon - the "noble" white wine grape Sémillon is a relatively easy to grow white wine grape variety, most commonly grown in the Bordeaux and Gascony regions of France and Hunter Valley area of Australia. Smaller plantings can be found in South Africa, Chile, California, Argentina and New Zealand. A century or more

#WineTips 21 – Food Pairing

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:38+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Learning, Wine Tips|

Pairing food and wine - bit of a puzzle? Pairing food and wine - bit of a puzzle? Food / wine pairing is a very challenging topic which could arguably go for a very long time. When faced with a seemingly huge wine list in a restaurant and a table full of thirsty friends

#WineTips 19 – Fermentation

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:38+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Learning, Vine2Wine, Wine Making, Wine Tips|

Grape juice fermenting in a vat Fermentation is the process that converts grape juice into wine. Through the interaction of yeast with the sugars in the juice, ethanol (alcohol) is produced and carbon dioxide is liberated. A number of critical variables have to be taken into account in producing good wine, including the

#WineTips 18 – Cabernet Sauvignon

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:39+00:00 July 18th, 2013|Wine Tips|

    Cabernet Sauvignon - one of the world's best known red wine grapes Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most famous, popular and extensively planted red wine varietal grapes, sometimes known as the “King of Red Wine Grapes”. Genetically descended from Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc vines, Cabernet Sauvignon spread from the