Grape, the lovable fruit
Grape, the fruit well known to all of us, although botanically considered a berry, from the deciduous woody vines with the Latin name Vitis vinifera.
The grapes can be eaten fresh as table grapes. Additionally can be used to make wine, jam, grape juice, jelly, grape seed extract, raisins, vinegar and grape seed oil. What we are interested in and we will analyze with love is wine.
Wine, the procedure
Wine is an alcoholic beverage usually made from fermented grape juice.
Alcoholic fermentation is the process of converting fresh grape juice into wine and is the most critical point of winemaking. Alcoholic fermentation is caused by yeasts. Yeasts are found in the skin of the grape and have now passed into the juice. Their main job is to convert the sugars of the sweet grape juice into alcohol.
Alternatively, for the alcoholic fermentation of wine production, selected yeasts are used. This achieves better control of the fermentation, but also the desired characteristics of the wine that will be produced. If no yeast is added, alcoholic fermentation is called natural or spontaneous fermentation, otherwise it is called controlled fermentation.
Different grape varieties produce different wine styles. These variations result from the complex interactions between the biochemical growth of the grape, the reactions involved in fermentation, the grape growing environment (terroir) and the production process. Many countries enact legal names intended to define wine styles and qualities. These usually define the geographical origin and the permitted grape varieties, as well as other aspects of wine production.
Wine in Greece
Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and among the first regions in Europe. The first evidence of Greek wine dates back to 6,500 years ago when wine was produced on a domestic basis. In ancient times, as the wine trade expanded, it was transferred from one end of the Mediterranean to the other. Greek wine had a particularly high prestige during the Roman Empire. During the medieval period, wines exported from Crete, Monemvasia and other Greek ports to northern Europe.
The history of modern Greek wine production and the development of bottled wine in Greece begins in the last fifty years, in the 1960s. At the same time, there is a partial reconstruction of vineyards with the planting of fine quality varieties.
Of course, the human factor also played a very important role. The Greek oenologists transferred their scientific knowledge to the production. On the other hand winemakers became aware of the new realities that were taking shape. The fact that the recovery took place in so few years, shows the whole dynamism of the wine sector as a branch of the agricultural economy.
Undoubtedly, the number of quality wines in Greece is constantly growing. Greek wineries constantly surprise us with the quality development they offer to consumers. And the satisfaction of the latter provides the push for continuous engagement with the world of wine.
Wine tasting is the sensory examination and evaluation of wine. While the practice of wine tasting is as ancient as its production, a more formal methodology has been established since the 14th century. Modern, professional wine tasters, such as sommelier or retailers, use evolving specialized terminology that is constantly used to describe the range of perceived flavors, aromas and general characteristics of a wine.
More informal, recreational tasting may use similar terminology, which usually involves a much less detailed process for a more general, personal assessment.
Undoubtedly, through the wine tasting we want to win the opportunity to get to know in depth the wonderful world of wine and its pleasures. We can get to know all aspects of this magic product, learn and appreciate every element of it and discover through the infinite varieties and labels which suit us best.
Wine Tasting Procedure
The tasting process evolves in three steps. We note that we must first hold the glass of wine in the right way. It is important to hold the wine glass by the foot. When holding the glass from above, the temperature is changing. Because we want to enjoy every wine at its optimum temperature, involuntary heating is undesirable.
Till your glass at a 45 ° angle so you can take a good look at the color of the wine inside as well as the color of the wine on the rim. With this process we are looking for clarity and color. Ambiguity or turbidity may indicate an unwanted fermentation occurring in the bottle, hence a defective wine.
Swirl your glass in one direction to avoid spilling the wine. The rotation of the glass increases the interaction of the wine with the oxygen, which will release aromatic molecules and enrich the tasting experience. Take a small sip and determine that the wine is in not ruined. If the wine is in great condition and not defective, smell deeply to get a good sense of the character of the aroma. Common fragrance categories are fruits, flowers, herbs, plants and oak.
Take a generous sip and swirl the wine around your tongue. It is important to swirl as our bittersweet, sour, salty and sweet sensors are located in different areas of our tongue. Only by swirling the wine in our mouth can we fully understand its different taste profile.
Wine tasting and tourism in the area of Nafplio
Also known as wine tourism, the whole process is a beautiful way, to explore a new area. Take an initial walk to the nearby town, Nemea, and then choose some of the wineries. Learn about the history of the place regarding the production of wine, the special variety that may be produced and its characteristics and additionally the wine development and its position among other regions.
So, like this, take the chance and gain historical information, social information, a trip to nature, since most wineries are located in vineyards, and special flavors.
Wine tastings from Savor Nafplio
Our passion for wine led us to a path, try to help our visitors enter the world of wine and love it as much as we do. We suggest a short walk in a Winery in order to tour it and try its varieties or even more end up for a meal in the Winery with main feature to enjoy the process of combining each variety of the wine with the appropriate dish of the menu. A process that is always curated with passion by our chef and the winemaker. Otherwise, you can also choose our special place in Nafplio where together we will discover the world of wine in a special way.
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