Wine is an extraordinarily complex subject to discuss. As well as the actual product of wine itself, there is the culture, history, geology, genetics, and agriculture to consider. It might seem like a simple task to start reading, and learn about wine. However, when you begin probing, you will discover a seemingly endless amount of different information.
How can you learn about wine, without being bombarded with details that are not essential?
For a long time, different wines were learned in relation to different regions. This was a simple enough system, and it worked for generations. However, these days there is wine being produced in practically every place on the planet. It should go without saying that these regional lines, which were once in place, have been blurred. What is a modern wine enthusiast to do? Luckily, this guide will tell you the 10 most important things that you should know about wine.
Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, played an important role in the culture of the ancient Greeks. And it wasn’t just about drinking wine. He is also the god of the harvest and viticulture in general.
Many people know Dionysus as the Greek god of wine but many do not realize that he was a pivotal figure not just in wine drinking but early viticulture, fertility and was celebrated by the ancient Greeks with pageantry and revelry. Here are ten facts about Dionysus you can break out to impress your wine loving friends.
Another major scandal for Italian wine this summer
Siena, Italy — An unnamed wine consultant has been unmasked as a fraud after officials seized 160,000 liters (220,000 bottles) of wine under suspicion of false labeling. The wines, labeled as Rossi di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino, a high end, sought after wine, were actually cheap reds and not nearly the quality the label denotes. The consultant and several other members of the area wine community are under investigation for forgery, embezzlement, and theft. No names have been released by the Italian authorities yet.
Statements describe allegations that the wines were sold from 2011-2013 and that about ten wineries are impacted by the criminal activity. This is not the first counterfeit wine scam to rock Tuscany. In May, cheap reds were relabeled as fine Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, selling for ten times their worth.