How Wine has Changed in 2016
When it comes to talking about wine, it seems that lots of people suddenly tend to turn into all knowing experts because they’ve seen the critics do it on TV programs. Swirling the wine around a glass that’s probably the wrong size and type anyway, the novice talks about notes of freshly cut grass and the peaty “bouquet.” But most of the time, they don’t have a clue what they are talking about. You might even be guilty of it yourself. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s get real.
More people are drinking wine than even before. In moderation, there are claims that it can be beneficial for your health. How accurate these claims are is a hotly debated topic, but a glass of wine or two a week is unlikely to cause much harm to the majority of us.
The days of having to be pretentious about wine are over. While a classic bottle of quality wine should never be underestimated, there are some new kids on the block. New World wines from places like Australia and the USA are making a big impact on the way people drink the hallowed grape. They’re fun, fruity and definitely quaffable. And the best part is, they’re usually pretty friendly on the pocket. What’s not to love?
Wine making is an interesting and complex process. If you’re not brave enough to join in with the trend of making your own, then you can take part in wine trails experiences to learn all about it. You can see some of these amazing New World wines being made for yourself. Barossa Valley Wine Tours show you the processes used to make the award winning wines that come from this now famous region. And you get to try a few, too!
Still think that wine has to have a cork for it to be any good? You’re living in the past. Many wines come with screw cap bottles, and it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cheap. Many wine producers favour the screw cap for a myriad of different reasons. The cork has fallen out of favour in many quarters, and it’s not really that complicated to see why. If you eliminate the cork, you’re not going to have any of the problems associated with this old fashioned method. No more troublesome bits of cork in your glass. And no risk of the wine being tainted by the taste, either.
Plus you don’t have to worry about having to find a corkscrew. Twistable lids are a definite bonus for parties or impromptu picnics in the park!
You don’t have to be knowledgeable to appreciate this new generation of wines, you just have to keep an open mind. Go for what you enjoy the taste of, rather what you think you ought to like. Rules are made to be broken! Why not try picking up a bottle next time you’re out in the supermarket and try some for yourself? You may well find a new favourite drink!