Why Low Alcohol Wines Are High in Demand?

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There are different thoughts on how much alcohol allows a wine to be called as a low alcohol one. A broad consensus is that any wine with less than 10 percent of alcohol can be considered as low alcohol one. Low alcohol content in wines, red or white, can be achieved with industrial processing. As global warming has caused climate change, this has led to increase of sugar in wine grapes which means that the alcohol content in the wines would increase unless some extra effort is made to reduce it. It has been a noticeable trend since the period around 2010 that the wines production globally has seen an increase in alcohol content. At the same time, however, there has also been growth in demand for the low alcohol content wines.

The spurt in demand of low alcohol wines is because of a number of reasons. At first, the increasing health consciousness of people makes them worry about their waistlines. A low-calorie diet is, therefore, preferred by them. This has been a consumer base which is diet conscious and would like to see the alcohol percentage label before buying one. Many experts dispute this contention. They argue that reduction in calorific value which a lower alcohol wine brings is very little and this is not going to give the people reduced waistlines.

The second reason, and this is just the opposite of motive of diet-conscious people, is that it gives wine lovers the space to drink more. With low alcohol red wines or white wines, they would not mind having a glass more. To that extent, low alcohol wines are an alibi for drinking more in parties and social gatherings.

The third important reason is that the manufacturers have been able to perfect the technology of reverse osmosis to develop these wines. An impetus has also been given by the low-calorie concerned people who are rising in numbers by every passing day.

(More can be read at: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/chew-on-this/join-the-lowcal-party-20110228-1baxj.html)

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Vintage Considerations for Wine Purchasing

How many of you seriously consider vintage before buying wines? Serious consideration means that you will either buy or not buy the product based on its vintage. It is true that certain vintages of specific wines are popular than the others, and these become popular as well because of the positive feedback which these wines get from the drinkers and sommeliers.

What is a Vintage?

Vintage refers to the year in which the grapes were grown and harvested. If that year has been pretty good for growth of grapes climatically, then the wines of that harvest obviously be highly valued. When a wine of decades old vintage is brought out in the market today, it would have been cellared and well-preserved for all that while. That also shows the age of the wine.

As a rule of thumb, the wines which come from regions having predictable climatic conditions, the vintages do not matter because there is very less difference to make out. Wine tasters would have hard time distinguishing good from bad. However, there are wine regions, such as Bordeaux in France, where the wines can have pronounced differences due to variations in climatic conditions. Similarly, wine tasters can make out difference in wines of different regions due to their characteristic climatic conditions.

Whether Vintage Matters?

Many studies have been conducted over this question and the general outcome of these studies has been that the vintage, or in other words, the year in which wine was made, is not important from the point of view of general population. Vintage is of relevance for collectors and the rich for whom having the rare wines is a matter of privilege and exclusivity. These wines are generally available through auctions. These can also be bought from the cellar door or the retail stores but these would not be shown off generally to the people.

This key buying behaviour is made good use of by the companies selling wines online. And, the trick lies in the fact that vintage is not shown in prominence at all and the prices of the wines of old vintage are dropped (simply because the wine stock is lying unsold). On the other hand, the wine company selling latest vintage at a higher price is not able to match the other competitor. From the consumer point of view, the vintage is immaterial while price matters a lot. Therefore, the old vintage stock clearance wines are sold ahead of the latest vintage fresh arrivals of higher prices.

(An article for good reading on vintage can be read at http://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/wine-year-important_n_6784400. We would be glad to receive your feedback and comments on this matter.)

 

Wine Regions of Queensland in Australia

Queensland is one of the state of Australia. It is the largest Australian state after Western Australia and lies in the north-eastern part of the continent. The state has its capital at Brisbane. This state does have some wine regions but these are not as famous as that of New South Wales, Victoria or South Australia.

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There are two Geographical Indicator wine regions in Queensland. These are the Granite Belt and the South Burnett.

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The Granite Belt region of Queensland is situated right on the border, to its south-eastern side, with southern state of New South Wales. The region is the larger than the Burnett wine region which lies to its north.

The Granite Belt region is located 1000 meters above sea level and this is the only region in this State where you have four different seasons during the year. The most important varietals of this region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Verdelho and Viognier.

Some of the major wines coming from this region are Lucas Estate, Monticello, Pyramid Road, Ridge Mill Estate and many others.

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South Burnett

The Burnett region is situated to the west of Noosa heads and Sunshine Coast which are coastal areas to the north of Brisbane. This region has Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as the major grape growing varieties. Next important are Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz and Verdelho. This region is further divided into Northern and Southern wineries region.

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The north Burnett region has been formed as an amalgamation of six different local councils in 2008. The South Burnett region was the result of amalgamation of four local councils, again in 2008.

Riesling Wine Growing Regions of Australia

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Riesling is a white wine grape which has its birthplace in Rhine wine region of Germany. This grape is used in making of semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines all over the world. The grape is grown in suitable climatic conditions globally. In Australia, this is grown in the following regions:

Clare Valley: This wine region of Australia accounts for the highest vineyard area under Riesling grapes. This region is situated in the state of South Australia, north of Adelaide capital city. In fact, this region is known for Riesling wines essentially. The Horrocks Highway passes through this region. It is a part of the Mount Lofty Ranges Zone. Out of the total planted area of this region, Riesling was the second important wine grape planted as it occupied 21.8% of area.

Eden Valley: The Eden valley wine region is also situated in South Australia and to the north-east of Adelaide. It is bordered on west by Barossa Valley wine region and on east by Adelaide Hills wine region. Riesling wine grape is the second important variety to be planted here.

Riverland: Riverland region is the third important Riesling growing region having about 12 percent of the total Riesling growing area in Australia. This region is in South Australia. It begins from where the Murray river enters South Australia after flowing on the border of New South Wales and Victoria. The region is one of the largest wine growing regions of Australia.

Riverina: Riverina region is located in New South Wales to the east of Australian Capital Territory. The region is centred around the town of Griffith. It is a part of the Big Rivers wine region and depends heavily on the Murrumbidgee river irrigation scheme for growing vines. The wine growing area of this region is smaller than the Riverina area itself.

Murray-Darling: Murray Darling basin is another region where Riesling wine grapes are grown but is not as well known for it, as it is for Chardonnay white wines.

Best Temperature at Which Cabernet Sauvignon is Stored and Served

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If you have started drinking wine recently, then there are a lot of things that you need to know from the peers or the contact related to wines. The first is, of course, which wines shall I drink? Whether these shall be reds, whites, sparkling or others? People will share their experiences and give suggestions. Finally, you will decide on which varietal to drink. The next conundrum is, of course, which brand to drink? Again, your near and dear ones or online wine research would come to rescue and help you select the wine brand. Once initiated, you will slowly begin to take your own call, experiment on your own and, after a few months, settle down to some selected wines.
While this purchase behaviour is commonly expected for most of the beginners, it is highly uncommon to find someone who can tell at what temperature a particular type of wine is best consumed. Whether there is a need for refrigeration, at what temperature and for how long are the questions which always intrigue wine drinkers- beginners or long-timers, both. Temperature plays a very important role when it comes to enjoying wine. If it is simply drinking, then any temperature is good enough. But, when it comes to enjoying, then the right temperature plays a critical role.
Wine temperature generally refers to two aspects- storage and serving.
Ideal Storage Temperature
The article is based on some research done on knowing what is the best temperature at which the cabernet sauvignon wines are to be stored and served. The best Cabernet Sauvignon wines are full-bodied and have tannins which give it structure and it improves in quality with aging. With aging, the tannins soften which make it more flavoursome. If the temperature is too warm, then storing leads to lose of flavour. Further, rapid changes to temperature are not desirable at all. Hence, a steady temperature of about 5-18 degrees centigrade is good.
Ideal Serving Temperature
For the purpose of serving the best of Cabernet Sauvignon wines, the ideal temperature is about 16 degrees centigrade, which is the room temperature. Thus, if you take out a cab sauv stored in refrigerator, you need to leave it at room temperature for about half an hour to drink it at its best. However, if it has been stored at room temperature, then it needs to be refrigerated for about 30 minutes.
If you have been deviating from this best practice of maintaining a right temperature for serving, you can now feel the difference by adhering to it now.
Do let us know using the comment section below about your experiences.

Geographical and Economic Facts of Australian Shiraz Wines

It would not be wrong to say that Shiraz grape has changed the face of Australian wine industry. It is grown in the largest wine-grapes growing area of the country. In 2015, the total land area under this grape was 39890 hectares, which accounted for about 30 percent of the total land under under grape cultivation in Australia. The next largest area is under the white wine grape variety of Cabernet Sauvignon at about 25000 hectares.

Shiraz is also the most widely produced wine in Australia with 395000 tonnes crushed in 2015 and also the most exported wine with 207 million litres exported in 2015. Interestingly, the cabernet sauvignon red grape variety does not take the second position in terms of tonnage crushed or exports. It takes the third position, with the second position going to white wine variety of Chardonnay in terms of tonnes crushed as well as exports.

Shiraz is believed to have come to Australia from Europe, where it was called Syrah. Some experts suggest that Europe, particularly France, is the birth place of this grape. But, some people also suggest that the ancient Iranian city of Shirazi also cultivated this grape variety and it is considered to be its birthplace. Irrespective of the birth place, it is a fact that this wine has been the face of this nation’s wine industry in front of the world community. It has earned it a place of pride among the wine-producing nations of the world.

Riverland-Riverina Wine Regions

Shiraz is grown mostly in the Riverland and Riverina regions of Australia. Together, these account for 43% of Shiraz growing region. Riverland wine region is in the state of South Australia. This region is situated where the Murray river enters South Australia from the border of New South Wales and Victoria. From there, the region stretches till the Blanchetown downstream. This region is situated to the east of another famous wine region, the Barossa Valley. Riverland is the largest wine producing area of Australia.

Riverina region is another wine region where Shiraz is grown. This region lies in south-western part of state of New South Wales, to the east of Riverland region and to west of the Great Dividing Range. This is a flat plains region drained by Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers, and the northernmost boundary of this region is identified by catchment area of River Lachlan. This is also the region which is home to Aborigines. Thus, the wine region comprises both the agricultural and the pastoral areas.

Best Shiraz Wines

Almost all famous wine brands of Australia produce Shiraz wines. These are grown in wide variety of climatic conditions. Some of the best shiraz wines are also featured in the video below.

Key Amendments to WET Rebate Law

After much discussions and deliberations between the government and the wine industry lobby on the other, there has been a convergence of views. This has resulted in the implementation of some key proposed amendments to WET rebate law as it exists today. These will be implemented from July 1, 2018. Here are some of the major amendments to this law.

  • Rebate amount has been reduced from $500000 to $350000 per financial year. It will not be reduced further to $290000, as was suggested earlier.
  • The eligibility criteria for obtaining the rebate would be owning 85% of grapes being crushed for wine. Earlier, it was mooted that only those wine producers shall be allowed rebate who owned the vineyards or wineries. The new provision has been included to help those wine makers have access to rebate who are engaged in blending of wine.
  • There has also been a provision for waiver of the WET under exceptional circumstances. These exceptional circumstances are essentially natural hazards due to which the wine-grape production may decline.
  • The bulk and the unbranded wine will not be eligible for rebate under the new law.
  • New Zealand wine makers will also continue to get the rebate but the numbers will decline because the eligibility criteria have been tightened.
  • No New Zealand wine maker will have access to new provision of grants for wine tourism and cellar door.
  • Entitlements to wine credits have been limited as well.

These provisions are expected to help provide rebate only to the eligible people and does away with a number of misgivings of the previous wine Australia rebate legislation.