Wine labels are different from other beverage labels; they present their product in a specific way. Wine labels are not aimed at enticing buyers but at informing them about the qualities and the origin of the wine. The information on the label is strictly regulated. The signs and descriptions are standardized for all labels. There are no underwater rocks, ambiguities and tricks; it is all honest and truthful information. But of course you have to understand what you are reading.
1. Where do you start from? You would like to choose a bottle but you are surrounded by hundreds of them. There should not be any rush when choosing wine, for the best choice is not necessarily the quickest. Shop owners arrange their selection after variety, origin and price and usually indicate these criteria on the shelf. Even if there is no indication to that, just take your time and have a look: the wines will be arranged in this manner even if the shop owner has decided to challenge your intuition.
Bouquet is a red wine grape variety selected in 1951 in an experimental vineyard near the town of Septemvri through the crossing of Mavrud and Pinot Noir. It ripens in mid-September. It is characterized by good sugar content and acidity; its extract and colour composition are suitable for intensively coloured dry and dessert wines with decent alcohol content and a well-balanced, pleasant taste.
1. Alicante Bouschet is a hybrid wine grape variety, created in France. It is cultivated mostly in South France. It occupies a limited area in Bulgaria. Varietal wines are full-bodied, rough, with dark red colour, high extraction and acidity. It is used for improving the colour in wines from other varieties.
1. Aligoté is a white wine grape variety originating from Burgundy, France. It has been cultivated for over 300 years. The variety is widely spread in France and in Eastern Europe. The varietal wine has a pale straw colour; light, fresh, and well-balanced flavour, with a gentle bouquet, it does not have a good aging potential and it is usually consumed young. Aligoté is used mainly for wine blends and rarely for varietal wines.
Finding the right food for a particular wine is an art which requires a lot of imagination. It is an art which enhances the real pleasure of dining!
1. Be brave! In my opinion one of the most important tips not to be restricted by traditional and well-established rules. Or at least not completely.
The life of wine is long and complicated. It starts at the vineyard, passes through various stages of development at the winery and finishes in the bottle. All stages are important for the production but some are crucial for the quality of the wine. Professionals who create wine from the grapes to the final product in the bottle are called oenologists and the techniques used to make wine - oenological practices. In the next few lines, I will introduce you to some of the more essential and approved oenological practices.
The dueling views about the differences, history, approach and character of wines from the Old World and the New World have always had the same implications: i.e. which wines are better. However, after 30 years of confrontation started in 1976 by the Judgment of Paris, today the two worlds have come much closer than anyone would have expected.
10 steps along the road of wine tourism.
1. If you decided to go on a wine tour in Bulgaria by yourself, the first thing you need to do is to find a good road map since although many of the wineries are situated in heavenly locations, the access roads can only be described as hellish.