Cork, a faithful ally for preserving wine
I’m sure that you’ve enjoyed the ritual of uncorking a bottle of wine on more than one occasion, right? And the sound of uncorking a wine is intrinsically linked to its enjoyment. I’m also sure that you know that cork plays a key role in conserving wine, but you may be surprised to learn […]
What is the harvest and why is it so important?
The raw material of wine is the grape and grapes come from vines. That is why they say that good wines are born exactly there, on the vine. Also, as the saying goes, “you reap what you sow”. And the vine, as we have already told you, it is not only sown, it’s also pruned, […]
How does the Rioja DOCa Regulatory Council classify vintages?
As we already know, a wine’s vintage refers to the year of the harvest of the grapes from which it is made. We also know that the vintage is one of the elements that help us to assess the quality of a wine, and that, in the case of the DOCa Rioja, it is the […]
What is the vintage of a wine and what can it tell us?
I’m sure you’ve heard talk of a wine’s vintage before and I’m sure you know there are some vintages that are excellent and some that are less good. But what year does a wine’s vintage refer to exactly? Today we’ll clear up any doubts. The vintage of a wine refers to precisely the year in […]
Work in the vineyard prior to harvest
As we already commented in the previous post, the quality of a wine depends largely on the quality of the grapes at harvest. Therefore, it’s not just the work carried out in the Bodegas Montecillo winery that is of importance, but also the work that takes place previously in the vineyards that provide us with […]
The vine cycle
High quality wines are made with high quality grapes. This means that the magic must start in the vineyard. Like all living things, the vine is born, it grows, it reproduces and dies… but part of the magic is that the vine doesn’t die completely; it is capable of being reborn every year. The biological […]
The three areas of production of the D.O.Ca. Rioja
Just as a person’s character is affected by their place of birth, the same happens with wine. This is why we want you understand the different areas of production into which the D.O.Ca is divided in greater depth so that you can understand the way that they affect the personality and peculiarities in the wines […]
How is technology changing the wine industry?
Do you think that we make wine the same way today as our grandparents did? And how about a thousand or two thousand years ago? Well, yes…and no. Taking into account that evidence exists showing that man was already drinking wine a mere 7 millennia ago; you may imagine that everything relating to the production […]
What are tannins in wine and how can you assess them? Is it good for a wine to have tannins?
As to be expected the word tannin has come up in the course of our series about different aspects of the world of wine, and the truth is, we haven’t explained what it means. Yet. The first thing to point out is that we are talking about a substance that is also present in other […]
New World wines
In previous posts we have mentioned the turning point in terms of international recognition for Californian wines, members of the so-called New World, and today we are going to examine the characteristics of these wines in more detail, comparing them with European (or Old World) wines. There are many angles to cover. The first, logically, […]