Since I have titled my personal Blog after a style of wine, I felt it was my responsibility to share my passion and explain why this type of wine is worth searching out. Anyone who truly appreciates fine wine, loves to explore and stretch their palate, but does not explore cool-climate styles… is missing the grail… when it was right there in front of them the whole time.
Hot and sunny afternoons are great, but mornings and nights MUST be cool and foggy. Produces killer wines. Nice acidity and slightly lower alcohol with complex flavors. Absolutely top notch. Not every varietal can handle this kind of treatment. Forget Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, but Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Riesling all truly benefit from this type of climate. Match that with a great vineyard site and you have world-class terroir. Put a professional winemaker in the mix and you will have the best wines in the world!
Some of the best Cool Climate vineyard sites in the world are in these areas: Burgundy, Alto-Adige, Mosel, Mendocino, Carneros, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Central Otago, etc.
My wife and I have visited so many U.S. wineries over the last 20 years, we are well beyond keeping track. Trips to Italy have provided an overview of the producers there too. France is next on the Bucket List. There have been numerous beautiful vineyards, amazing architecture and wonderful people along the way. During Wine Travel, you meet some of the most interesting and passionate people, while having some of the most relaxing and romantic experiences. I would recommend wine country vacations to anyone.
My Wine Tasting Notes:
My Personal Wine Blog: www.coolclimatewine.net
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Twitter Handle: @douglasjlevin