It’s an international week on Central Florida’s wine scene, with events featuring wines from around the world, plus fun times with bubbles and cupcakes (respectively). Read on for the highlights of …
I hope you all celebrated well on the Fourth of July. I enjoyed some lovely Champagne and this amazing view of the fireworks over Orlando’s Lake Eola!
Our local wine merchants are emerging from their holiday stupor (as are we all), and they have some fun things in store for next week. Read on for highlights of …
ORLANDO’S WEEK IN WINE
Yesterday was a historic day for Bordeaux.
A General Assembly of winemakers from the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOCs voted unanimously to allow seven new grapes to be used in Bordeaux blends – part of an ongoing effort to protect the storied wine region from a warming climate.
The proposal faces several more bureaucratic hurdles over the next year or so. If it’s approved, it will be the first rule change since the Bordeaux AOC was created in 1936, and Bordeaux winemakers will be able to start blending up to 10% of the new varieties into their wines.
Meet the New Bordeaux Grapes
The assembly approved four red and three white grapes:
Can’t get away this summer? Orlando wine lovers can enjoy trips around the world this week without leaving Central Florida. Here are the highlights of …
ORLANDO’S WEEK IN WINE:
When it comes to wine, it doesn’t get much more traditional than Bordeaux.
The region has been making wine since Roman times. It’s been favored by European royalty for centuries, and Thomas Jefferson was a big fan.
Bordeaux has been highly regulated and tightly controlled since the Classification of 1855, when the region’s producers were sorted by quality into First through Fifth “Growths.” For more than eight decades, the appellation has allowed only ten grapes to be used in wines bearing its name.
But that may be about to change.
The reason? Climate change.
It may be Spring Break for some, but not for Orlando’s wine community! We have another busy and fun-filled week coming up, so let’s get right to …
ORLANDO’S WEEK IN WINE!
UPDATE: Thursday’s tasting with Daniel Cohn of Bellacosa Winery at Tim’s Lake Mary has been cancelled.
‘Tis the season for winemakers and other visitors from wineries around the world to show off the fruits of their labors to Florida’s wine lovers. Franco Massolino (pictured above) visited from Barolo a couple of weeks ago and presented his lovely wines at Digress in College Park.
Last week, we had three more winery visitors at events around town; this week we’ll have six! And they’ll have competition from a plethora of other wine events on tap too.
Once again, you have some tough decisions to make, so pour yourself a glass of Sunday Champagne (they say it’s good for your brain), put your thinking cap on, and feast your eyes on the smorgasbord that is …