Keys of Wine Knowledge
This is part-1 of our 4 part video series on the Keys of Wine Knowledge. Watch more at – http://bit.ly/39FT3fQ.
When you really learn about the keys of wine knowledge, you don’t just learn a bunch of facts, although if that’s your thing then great, but it’s about you getting to appreciate this magical drink even more.
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I am very lucky. I grew up on a wine estate. We used to make wine where I grew up in the southwest of France. It was wine that we were producing, that we were selling on to the cooperative, and then we would have some of to drink throughout the year.
Wine and the keys of wine knowledge was part of our culture, it was part of our everyday lives. There was wine on the table at lunch and at dinnertime. Every dinner there used to be wine when I was a kid, but as I grew up
We used to have the great wines that used to come out, we used to have family coming over for the Sunday family meal – and we had cousins, uncles, bringing some nice wine. We would go on to discuss wine and talk about whether that wine was a good choice or not, or talk about the wine grower and talk about the wine trip on which we got that wine, and it was like that, slowly that I got that wine culture.
I then went on to formally learn about wine and there it was a lot more factual. I went to university in the Bordeaux region of France. It’s a wine producing region, and it was there that I studied wines and there it became much more factual.
I then moved to the UK to study wines some more. I was fortunate enough to work in the world of wine for many years. I was fortunate to work for some of the greatest estates in Burgundy, but also the greatest estate in Italy, in Piemonte, and the Amarone region in Tuscany, as well as great estates in California, Uruguay, in Australia, and in South Africa. That is where the Magic of wine came from you, know, meeting so many people and them telling me these stories.
Yes, I did learn the facts, and keys of wine knowledge, but the magic happened in the glass and with the people who told me stories around the world of wine. I then went on to teach wine and that’s, where I realized that the way wine is often taught is much too factual.
We forget about the magic of wine… about the heritage, the culture of wine – and this is what I like to talk about – that’s, where true learning really comes.
My pleasure came from teaching people about the culture, the art of wine, the story behind wine in the story, and history. It’s, not a science. It really is an art. There’s a whole story behind the grower. If you take the example of you having a wine you enjoy, I’m sure this has happened to you.
You enjoy wine when you’re on holiday. You go back home, you open that very same wine and it isn’t the same because there’s no context. There were people with whom you enjoyed the wine. There was food with which you enjoyed the wine that made that wine more than just what’s in the glass and history.
I love the history of wine and the keys of wine knowledge. They tell me about the Romans and it was in fact in a country in the ex-ussr called Georgia, not the American state, but the country that’s where it started. And today Georgia is coming back on the scene of winemaking.
They have a very special kind of terra cotta container in which they make their wines, and that makes for an added pleasure when I enjoy that wine. I think back to the history of Georgia eight thousand years ago, the original place where wine was made.
When I think back of in those times they had already recognized that there were different qualities of wine, they were one region was better than another, or that a winemaker was better than another.
When you think of the history of wines, I think of burgundy, I think of Cistercian or of the monks making Burgundy what it is today.
All the wines that come from Europe are old world. All the wines that come from what is called the new world are going to be places such as the USA. South America, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
All this is going to be called the new world because winemaking came much later than the old world. The totality of vines and vineyards nearly got wiped out by one parasite, and it was thanks to a vine… a plant that came from the US that wasn’t a winemaking vine originally that got grafted on to our European vines and saved them.
That was the revival of vineyards throughout Europe, so understanding that when you drink some older wines, you think back of why certain grape varieties have replaced others in certain regions.
That brings some of the magic of the keys of wine knowledge, and when I think of the new world, I think of all these immigrants coming from Europe, Australia, South Africa, South America, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and the US.
We’re all stories of European immigrants, leaving Europe to go and build a new life and with them, they brought wine, because wine is very much part of their story. It was part of their heritage, so those are the things that I like to talk about, because history is important in how wine is appreciated.
So I look forward to teaching you about wine and again, think of wine as art more than a science. Think of it as a heritage, as something that we’re bringing with us, something that tells the story.
And I really hope that you’re going to enjoy wine in the very same way very, very soon, and enjoy the keys of wine knowledge!Follow my blog with Bloglovin