Wine Vineyards


Wine Tasting Notes Organized by Vineyard

A vineyard is the place where vines of grapes are grown. A winery is the place where these grapes are converted into wine. Often, however, the two places are the same, and thus the two terms can be used interchangeably.

The vineyard is often contributed with giving the wine much of its character. The temperature, amount of rainfall, exposure to sun or shade, type of soil and altitude are just a few factors that make up the vineyard’s terroir and alter how the grapes will grow and taste.

The vineyard is nearly always included on the label of wine, both so the consumer knows who produced the wine and so the winemaker can show off his product.

Here are some top Vineyards
Robert Mondavi
Chateau Ste Michelle
Yellow Tail
Concha y Toro
St. Francis
Jacob's Creek
Columbia Crest
Clos Du Bois
Rodney Strong
Folie a Deux

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Alcohol Content: Alcohol content is the quantity of ethyl alcohol in the wine, given as a part of the total volume. During the fermentation of the grapes, yeast turns the sugar into alcohol. Thus it is common for a sweet wine to be low in alcohol content, because the fermentation process is suspended before most of the sugar can be converted into alcohol.

In addition to the obvious benefits, alcohol contributes significantly to the characteristics of a wine. As mentioned above, wine with a lower alcohol content will portray sweet characteristics. A wine with a very high alcohol content is often described as tasting thick and hot; this is especially common in fortified wines. Furthermore, the *legs* of a wine will be thicker and longer lasting if there is a higher alcohol content. That is about the only thing you can honestly gauge from the *legs* of a wine.

Alcohol content can be measured in both degrees and percentile. 13% equals 13 degrees. The alcohol content of most wines typically fall between 8% and 14%. The Zinfandel and Shiraz varietals, however, can reach up to 16.5%. Once you crest 17% alcohol content, you have entered into the realm of fortified wines, like Ports and dessert wines. These wines have had additional alcohol infused into them.

U.S. laws require that a wine label disclose the approximate amount of alcohol in the wine. One way is to simply print *Table Wine* on the bottle; this indicates that the wine contains between 11% and 14% alcohol. Another option is the print the percentile or degree amount on the label. This number, however, does not need to be exact: the actual alcohol content of the wine can be 1.5% greater or less than the amount printed on the label. Typically the alcohol content of a wine can be found near the edge of the label in a fairly small font.