The Unsophisticated Woman’s Philosophy of Wine
Wine has been around forever. Well, maybe not forever, but it did exist before written records. As early as 7,000 BC, there is evidence of using fermented grapes as a drink. The oldest known winery was found in current day Armenia and is thought have been run in a cave in 4100 BC. From the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, and the Roman Empire, wine began to spread throughout the world to become what it is today. A world that has over 40 countries that produce wine. The largest producers of wine are France, Italy, Spain, and the United States. Australia, Argentina, Chile and New Zealand also have large wine producing areas and enjoy supplying their countries with wine as well as exporting their products throughout the world.
Wine is a very simple drink, yet a very complex drink.
For its simplicity, it is simply fermented grape juice.
For its complexity, it a drink that is formed by many factors. Those factors are what grape is grown, where it is grown, what type of climate, what type of soil, when the harvest takes place, the fermentation process, the maturation process, what type of containers are used, and the final process of bottling and if it includes blending. These are all the things I love about wine. I love the history of how a wine came to be, the geography and climate of the area, as well as the history of the wine makers.
All of these details may not be as important to you, but what is important to us all is that we LOVE our wine. From being stuck in a rut and drinking only one wine, to trying a new one and being disappointed, no one wants to have a bad glass of wine.