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South African Vineyards’ Concern About Wine Fraud Prompt New Security Measures

Securiyty Holograms on wines by South African Vineyards

New wine security features protect vineyards from fraud and bring added benefits

With the eruption of the Brunello forged wine scandal, winemakers around the world are taking notice that wine fraud is on the rise and that it can happen to anyone. Vineyards in South Africa have stepped up their labeling in order to prevent fraud.

The Cape Winemakers Guild ordered holographic stickers with the year 2014 on them and are placing the holograms on bottles from this year’s vintage. Holograms are difficult to forge and give an added boost to security. The South African labels also have a secret security feature that makes them nearly impossible to replicate. The move comes out of the scandals and a distrust of auction houses, who many don’t believe do enough to check on the authenticity of the bottles. The hologram was introduced at an auction, a move likely made keep politics out of wine and show a united front against fraudulent wines.

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Find Your Favorite Wines Using These Characteristics

Acquiring and tasting wine might seem a little random to beginners. In order to figure out what wines are your favorites, it helps to enhance your personal palate. The science of wine analysis is commonly used to rate wines, but the easiest way to discover the wines you like is to taste them for yourself, and learn to classify wines by their key traits.

These are the five most basic characteristics of wine:

  1. Sweetness
  2. Acidity
  3. Tannin
  4. Fruit
  5. Body

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Guide to Developing a Wine Palate

Have you tried a particular wine that seemed to have a spicy smell, or one that reminded you of your favorite childhood candy? Some people have a naturally extensive palate, and are able to detect things in wine that seem odd to others. If all wine tastes the same to, you can still develop your palate with these six simple tips.

What Is Your Palate?

When people speak of a palate, they are actually referring to taste buds, the tongue, the inside of the mouth, and the sense of smell. In order to develop a better palate, you should begin by focusing special attention on the sensations that wine gives you in these areas. In order to develop an exceptional palate, you will need to go even further, by priming and protecting your palate. However, these expert techniques are not the topic of this guide. For now, develop your palate with the following techniques:

  1. Take your time
  2. Observe and smell before you taste
  3. Try to isolate flavors and visualize them
  4. Identify a particular flavor and move on to the next
  5. Texture and body counts
  6. Create a reserve of memories

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