By Melanie Wagner
This breezy-to-read yet super-informative guidebook is a classy primer for any newcomer to the eternally interesting international of wine. qualified Sommelier Melanie Wagner's down-to-earth tone and entire wisdom make studying approximately wine enjoyable and approachable. Twelve chapters discover each element of wine—from the way it is made to tips to drink it—and offer worthy descriptions of grape varietals and proposals that may be taken to the wine shop. Featured along those many encouraging classes and recommendations are 60 whimsical and informative colour illustrations. With insights starting from what makes a wine unparalleled, palate-building, and having fun with wine with others, this is often the fitting self-purchase or present for someone who wishes a very good wine source.
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Old wine-industry adage Grape to Glass THE ANNUAL CYCLE OF A VINE time in the vine’s life cycle. Climactic conditions like frost, heat, wind, and rain can wreak havoc on the delicate flowers. WEEPING FRUIT SET Temperatures rise in early spring (approxi mately February for the Northern Hemisphere and August in the Southern Hemisphere). When they hit about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, sap begins to concentrate where the canes were pruned. This leaking of sap, called weeping, is the first signal that the vine is waking up after a long winter sleep.
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