“Zonda Wind” – dry hot wind coming down from Andes, usually in late spring-early summer, minimizing frost
Learn more about the Zonda here
Continental climate (dry)
“La Piedra” – Late summer hail
Weather report, April 8, 2020
Read what Jancis Robinson says about Argentina
Current State of Business
It’s unfortunate of how many people in the restaurant and wine industry is forced in going out of business because of epidemic we’re going through. As a young lady in the hospitality industry, I too faced the effects of working on the kitchen line. 85 percent of restaurants has closed but the 15 remaining that is open is also facing trails themselves. Food that was made from scratched and was daily delivered by food vendors, is now depending on canned goods. Hours has been cut extremely short or people has been laid off. Some managers took the task of doing multiple shifts such as being the roles of line cooks and dish washers. They had to reduce the menu’s top sellers. What they did to keep the restaurant business going is having their establishment opened for delivers and pick up orders. I find it to be very ironic how majority of people looked down on fast food industries and now there still in business compared to fine dining establishments.
LIBERIA ClASS PREP
What is the name of the region where Sherry is produced? – Jerez also known as “Xeres” and Port.
List styles of Sherry? – Fino-style sherry, Hybrid-style sherry, Oloroso-style sherry, and Dried grape sherry
Explain the characteristics of the region’s climate. – The sherry region is in the southwest of Spain in Anadaulsia between Cadiz and Seville. Andalusia’s climate is hot and dry, but the climate of Jerez is cooler because of the Atlantic Ocean. The summer months are usually dry with no rain at all.
Identify the soil and explain what makes it unique. – Albariza soil has 30% of limestone rich chalky soil which is known for the growth of Palomino grape. Barro soil which is the clay soil, and Arena which is the sandy soil.
What is the Dominant Grape Variety? – Palomino, Pedro Ximenez, and Moscatel.
List styles of Sherry and explain the difference – Fino-style sherry are fortified to a low level of alcohol in order to permit the flor to flourish. Hybrid-style sherry begins with the fino sherry. During the aging process, the flor dies out allowing the wines to age in the solena. Oloroso-style is sherry wine with a higher alcohol strength to prevent the development at a later point. Dried grape sherry is a sweet sherry produced from Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel. These grapes are harvested at a high level. After being dried the grapes are pressed and partially fermented before being fortified and aged.
What is Flor? – A barrier of yeast thats rises on the top of the wine to protect the wine from oxygenation.
What is the result of using the solera system? – To ensure consistency. By blending multiple vintages, the possible variability of each year will be lowered. After a certain amount of years, the bottled wine will maintain a constant average age.
Here is a non-wine publication sharing the challenges of making ice wine: In Germany, A Warm Winter Is Affecting Its Ice Wine
Read and Learn…
“The Italian wine law system as we know it today formally began in 1963 when the Italian government introduced not one, but two levels of quality for appellations that would denote border limits, grape varieties, wine styles, aging requirements, and more, mimicking the already-established French AOC system. ”
I found this vocabulary list while preparing for class. I find it to be highly accurate.
Watch and learn about Carbonic Maceration
If you don’t have a seat at the table, bring your own chair!
Click here to see a video of a fine changing through it’s life cycle.