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Millesima Tips #5: When and Why to Age a Wine

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Up until now we have discussed the various stages of the winemaking process. We’ve looked at the natural life cycle of the vine and the most obvious form of human intervention, the grape harvest. We’ve explored the art of maturation, during which the wine gets the finishing touches before bottling. We’ve made it a point to distinguish between maturation (in ... Read More »

Clos Henri | Old World Know-How on New World Terroir

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After nearly 12 years spent searching for the perfect terroir onto which to expand their rich legacy of winemaking, the Bourgeois family of France chose the Marlborough region of New Zealand. The Clos Henri estate now extends over 109 hectares of land, characterised by a variety of soils that adds great complexity to the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir produced there. ... Read More »

Millesima Tips #4: Maturation (1/2)

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The journey of wine from vine to cellar to glass involves many processes, both organic and technological. A finished bottle is a synthesis of the vine cycle – with the harvested fruit expressing the year’s climatic conditions – and human intervention in several forms. In the last episode of our Millesima Tips series, we discussed harvest, the most significant form ... Read More »

Millesima Tips #4: Maturation Beyond Oak and Steel (2/2)

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In the last “episode” of Millesima Tips, we explored the maturation process of wine, distinguishing it from bottle-ageing and detailing the two most common techniques: barrel and stainless steel maturation. But while these two types of containers are used to age the grand majority of wines around the world, they represent just two phases of the long evolution of wine ... Read More »

Tuscany: Home of Southern Italy’s Treasures

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Tuscany is a viticultural region in Italy that is often whispered on the lips of wine amateurs and connoisseurs around the world. Home of the Super Tuscan, a term coined by wine critics, Tuscany is a jewel in Italy’s star-studded wine producing history. Tuscany is located in central Italy, and is home to the legendary Chianti region. Chianti is recognized ... Read More »

Millesima Tips #3: The Harvest (1/2)

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You’ve heard of the grape harvest. But when does it actually take place, and how? And what does it mean for the winery? The third in our series of educational Millesima Tips will explore the harvest, perhaps the most exciting aspect of winemaking. What is the harvest? A key stage of the annually recurring vine cycle and the moment in which the patience of the ... Read More »

Millesima Tips #3: The Harvest, Techniques and Global Climate Change (2/2)

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We have already discussed the topic of the harvest in general in Part 1/2 of our Millesima Tip #3. What follows is a closer look at manual vs. mechanical techniques and the effect of global climate change on wine grape harvests around the world. Man vs. Machine Tradition or modernity? Manual or mechanical harvesting? The choice often depends on the difficulty ... Read More »

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