It seems that wine is a never-ending source of inspiration for the lm industry. "Sideways" and "A Good Year" gave birth to a new genre in this art. Here come the movies in which wine is not just part of the story but the main character. Or almost the main character. I love good movies about wine. Frankly, I also love bad movies about wine. They provoke me, make me dig in the books once again and discover new meanings in my favourite drink. I, hereby, present to you my personal ranking list of movies about wine. I have chosen those who not only entertain but also pose questions. I have still not found the answers to some of them. But as we all know the answer often lies at the bottom of the bottle.

There is no better way of getting to know the world than tasting it and experiencing it with your senses. This is a short guide to 10 spirits worth tasting, even if they can be quite hard to nd in our corner of the world. Specialty stores, bars and travel are, of course, the best ways to get your hands on them and understand the diversity of the spirits world.

Interest in wine is in the ascendant, yippy it seen to be cool again to drink wine again by those below 35 years old and not just an ‘old farts’ drink. Hipsters are exploring beyond shots and craft beer.

There has been long term history of interest and love of wine not only by those in the booze industry but people who simply like drinking it and there are millions of bars, bistros/ brasseries and restaurants worldwide. Never has the choice and diversity been greater. Competition is intense in international wine consumption centres of the world like London and New York.

In my home country, Bulgaria, creative and knowledgeable wine bar owners are in short supply. Why, I ask myself, when we produce such delicious wines to taste and drink, have great food, beautiful countryside and cities?

Wine outlets

There are many places around the world where one can get wine. Enotecas, specialty stores, restaurants and many more. Nowadays, this can be done even without leaving our home, that is, placing an order and then having someone show up at the door with a box of the magical drink.

Wine, however, is like a book, like a painting and other pieces of art that you somehow want to see in real life, touch them, look around, talk about them, and eventually leave with some of the masterpieces.

This is where the Wine Shop comes into play and appears as a guidebook to the vast world of wine!

In the decade when everything has its digital alternative, wine is not an exception. The knowledge and interest towards the world of wine increases and information becomes more accessible due to digital technology. The Internet has no borders – sites and blogs of magazines such as Wine Enthusi- ast, Decanter and gurus like Jancis Robinson, Tim Atkin, Jamie Goode and other in uencers in the US, France, Australia and Italy are followed by millions. The content is easily accessible and if you aim to broaden your wine knowledge, you certainly are in the right spot. And if you are on the advanced level, things get even more interesting and you can debate on various hot topics: the future development of Collio region, how the inoculation with cultured yeasts in uences terroir, to name a few.

The wine applications are another development that o ers extensive information in convenient format and they grew to become indispensable part of the lives of wine lovers and professionals. They are content-based around di erent topics, starting with the most practical usages and covering up to the fun part of the wine world with applications integrated with design functionalities. One thing is certain – in a world without borders to travel, shopping and learning, the digital tools for Android and iOS have unrivalled advantages. The wine apps can help you in many ways.

Are barrels important for the winemaker? Oh, yes! None of today’s masterpieces would have been created without the use of barrels.

History has it that…

Thanks to the Celts, it was invented somewhere around the 3rd – 2nd c. B.C. and there came Her Majesty the Barrel!

By the end of antiquity and during the Middle Ages the barrel had gradually become the main wine vessel in Europe. Initially it was preferred because it was more convenient in transporting liquids but as time passed people realized that wines stored in barrels tend to develop and their flavours would change and refi ne.

A wine’s aroma is one of its most important characteristics. It depends on the grape variety, the vinification techniques used, the style of the wine, its age, the contact it has had with oak or other types of wood and a few other factors. A wine’s aroma is often a reflection of its condition at a certain moment. It reveals whether it is ready to drink, whether it needs to age more or we have been too late to drink it at its peak condition. In terms of pleasant aromas, the diversity is great and consumer choices vary depending on their individual preferences.

Qvevri - what it actually is?

“Qvevri” is a Georgian word meaning a big clay vessel. In Armenia, they use the word “karasi” for the same vessels, while in Europe we simply call them amphora, in Spain and Portugal “tinajes” etc. They have many names, but one thing in common - they are made of clay and since ancient times they have been used for the production, storage and transport of wine. Ancient Greeks and Romans already used them for same purpose. Unlike amphoras which served for transport and storage of wines, qvevri were used exclusively for vinification and ageing, being fixed in the cellar. The shape of a qvevri is oval, the size can reach up to 5000 liters and according to the Caucasian tradition the vessels have to be buried into the ground in order to have the vinification at a constant temperature. Qvevri can only be crafted by hand which requires a lot of patience and hard-work. The qvevri making craft is passed down from father to son, from generation to generation. Nowadays in Georgia only few families are still practicing this ancient craftwork.

The bio movement in wines cannot be viewed separately from the trends in agriculture where number of scandals concerning the proper labeling and the purity of the foods made many people ask the honest question “What do we eat?” and to demand a sincere answer from the producers. In the soil and water we can find various types of chemicals accumulated during the treatment against diseases and pests. Do you believe that the products grown on such soils are good for you?

The response of the wine and grape producers is the organic method of cultivating the vines as an alternative to the conventionally used fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and in the wine industry – the introduction of number of mild practices. The organic production methods turn into a way of thinking where the health of the soils and biodiversity are of higher priority as compared to the marketing strategy. Did you know that Château Margaux uses grapes cultivated organically? No? Well, this is true belief in the ”green movement”.

Shapes

Bottle shapes give informed wine lovers an idea of what may be inside the bottle without having to look at the label. These shapes exist because of history and tradition. They are meant to reflect a sense of place and identity in a wine. However, the shape of the bottle is increasingly becoming a way to differentiate one product from another in a highly saturated market and many producers choose the bottle shapes they use based on very different factors and portfolio concerns such as originality, feel and, inevitably, price. The colour of the glass is also used to distinguish between grape varieties and styles of wine. This may not simplify things for us as consumers but it definitely makes a wine display more exciting to explore. Here is a brief list of some of the most common bottle shapes you may fi nd.