Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage

Robert Mondavi Private Selection MeritageI can’t help but wonder how meaningful the “Meritage” name is to wine consumers.  I mean, I don’t hear many people saying, “I’d like a glass of Meritage.”  I suspect a lot of consumers don’t even know what it is.  In essence, Meritage is a name for Bordeaux-style wine that’s made everyplace additional than Bordeaux.  You’re really not supposed to call a wine a Bordeaux if it’s not made there.  So some clever folks came up for another name for it, Meritage.  It’s in fact a trademarked name, owned by the Meritage Alliance, and anyone who wants to make a Meritage wine needs to license the name.
The thought makes sense, making a common name for this type of wine.  And I delight in Bordeaux-style wines.  But I just haven’t noticed a groundswell of consumers clamoring for Meritage.  Maybe the awareness just isn’t there yet.  Or maybe I just run in the incorrect circles.
By the way, Meritage is pronounced like “heritage” with an M instead of an H.  So, don’t try to get all fancy with your French accent and call it mare-i-tahhhzh. Read more

25 Interesting Facts About Wine

other  %tages 25 Interesting Facts About WineWith age, red wines tend to lose color and will eventually end up a sort of brick red. On the other hand, white wines gain color, becoming golden and eventually brown-yellow.

All wines taste like fruit. Only rarely does a wine taste like grapes—for example, Muscat or Concord wines.

Because grapes in the Southern Hemisphere are picked during what is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, a 1999 Australian wine could be six months older than a 1999.

Wine facilitated contacts between ancient cultures, providing the motive and means of trade.

For example, the Greeks traded wine for precious metals, and the Romans traded wine for slaves.

In ancient Egypt, the ability to store wine until maturity was considered alchemy and was the privilege of only the pharaohs.

Archaeologists found grape pips (seeds), usually considered evidence of winemaking, dating from 8000 B.C. in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. The oldest pips of cultivated vines were found in Georgia from 7000-5000 B.C.

Winemaking is a significant theme in one of the oldest literary works known, the Epic of Gilgamesh. The divinity in charge of the wine was the goddess Siduri, whose depiction suggests a symbolic association between wine and fertility.

One of the most quoted legends about Continue reading

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