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DiWineTaste's Wines Guide Has Come


 We wish to begin this new issue of DiWineTaste as well as this new year, by wishing our dear readers a very happy new year, we wish all our readers the new year to bring them everything they wish and that it will be for everyone, and please let us extend our wishes to everyone in our planet, no one excluded, a better year where reason, human intelligence and moral sense will finally prevail over stupidity, true plague of our times, perhaps of all times in human history.

 New year, new goals and objectives. We just published our fourth issue, a truly and very modest goal, but full and rich of good results for us and that are making us hope for our future and, for this, we surely have to thank you all for what we reached and got so far, we have to thank you all, our dearest readers, which continue to read our publication and keep on honoring us of your preference. Thank you very much indeed everyone, thank you.


 

 Like we said, new year, new goals and objectives. We want to begin 2003 by announcing to our readers our first news and the goal we set when we started working on this project, as always, we sincerely wish our readers will like this and we hope it will be interesting for you all. As you know already, in DiWineTaste's pages we publish every month the results of our tastings and these results are published in two different column: “Wines of the Month” and “Wine Producers”. In the former are being published the results of the tastings concerning wines that producers send us at our office, the latter is for wines of those producers we personally meet and visit. We decided to publish on our web site, www.DiWineTaste.com, the results of the tastings concerning the wines which have been published on the magazine, including the ones published in this issue, of course. In short, together with the new year also comes the “DiWineTaste's Wines Guide”.

 We would like to illustrate to our readers the goals of this new project, as well as giving some instructions on how to use it. Let's make things clear about one point: we have no intention in creating a new “guide”, that is a tool having the purpose of magnifying certain wines while destroying others, we believe there are so many out there and another new “guide” would probably confuse consumers' ideas and thoughts even more. Our primary goal remains still the same, the same we expressed in the first issue of the magazine as well as in our web site's pages: we are interested in spreading wine culture and the information about enogastronomy. Indeed, in some pages of our publication, we express our opinions about certain wines, anyway, we want and believe that the final word, the one that will really award producers for their products, should not be ours, anyway we are just a small group of people if compared to you all that read our magazine, we think the final word must unequivocally be told by consumers, that is, by you all. This is one of the reasons that makes us believe wine culture and information is truly essential in order to reach this goal: everyone must be able, in complete freedom, to decide what to like and what to like not.

 We thought of creating a tool that, also thanks to the opportunities offered by computer technologies, can become a searching and reference tool; we thought of a tool that should continue growing with time and enriched every month, that remembers about the past and looks towards the future. We like the idea our readers will consider “DiWineTaste's Wines Guide” as a tool that will allow them to search for specific wines according to some searching criteria, a tool that will allow the evaluation and comparison of a group of wines, possibly having common characteristics. We like the idea of offering a new service to our readers, coherent with the spirit which animates DiWineTaste; this is the spirit that convinced us to give birth to our “guide”.

 The guide will be updated every month, in concomitance with the publication of every new issue, and the wines published, as well as their characteristics, will be added to the guide. We tried to give the results on the guide the same appearance of the magazine, excepting the price which is not part of the guide. This choice is mainly because of practical reasons, as the guide will include every wine published, prices would be destined to become useless and obsolete with time as they would probably change and this information would easily become inconsistent. The importance and the consistency of price is concerned to the very moment the wine is published in the magazine; the same information would surely become outdated, and therefore not useful, with time. We understand our guide, in its current state, is not extremely rich, because of the modest quantity of wines available, a little less than 50, but, like we are used to tell ourselves, we are proceeding step by step and this is just one of the many little steps of our journey and, you will agree, it must have been started in a way or another and from some place.

 What you will see in our web site's pages is just a starting point; however, in its preliminary phase, the guide can clearly show its exact purpose and use, while waiting to be enriched with more wines in the next months and, we are sure of this, with more functions as well. As always, your support and help will be essential and valued, it will let us understand whether this is the right direction or not: every comment or opinion from you, as well as every suggestion, will surely and certainly be welcome.

 After having spent much words in premises, let's try to understand what “DiWineTaste's Wines Guide” can offer. The guide is mainly a tool for searching and comparing wines: it will be enough to select the criteria on which the search is based on and a list of wines satisfying the criteria will be displayed on your screen. As soon as the list of the resulting wines is displayed, it will be possible to display the details about a particular wine and this will include the same information published on DiWineTaste. In order to simplify the comparison and evaluation of more wines, every form will be displayed in its own window in order to allow these windows to be placed side by side and compared at the same time.

 The guide allows to search wines by specifying the following parameters: producer, year, score, country, region, wine area, type, name of wine, grapes and, lastly, the food to be matched with the wine. The resulting wines will be the ones that will satisfy every searching criteria. We think a useful function offered by the guide is the one which allows the user to ask a list of wines that could be matched with specific foods; our guide is not just a “simple” list of wines, but mainly is an enogastronomical tool that will suggest you the wine, or the wines, that can be matched with certain foods. The possibility of entering a group of criteria is also useful for enogastronomical purposes: in this case it will be possible to search for a wine, or a group of wines, that can be matched with a specific food and, possibly, produced with certain grapes and in a specific area and even produced by a specific winery. At the same way, it will be possible to search for wines produced with certain grapes or coming from specific areas as well as produced by specific wineries. We tried to make this guide as versatile and useful as possible: we sincerely hope it will be useful to everyone that will make use it.

 We wish our guide to be interesting for you and that you will like it; we wish it will be useful to you all in searching and choosing a wine that you will decide to uncork in particular moments of your life and, why not, to celebrate a happy event and, lastly, to evaluate and compare wines having common characteristics, even though, like we all know, every wine is different from another. Finally, we wish our guide will be a tool that will allow us to reach our fundamental goal: to promote and spread the wine culture and information as well as enogastronomy culture. This would surely be a great result: we are absolutely open and available to any new idea and opinion that would allow us to offer a better product, not to mention, every comment or opinion from you will be welcome, as always.

 Once again, we would like to end this editorial by wishing you all a very happy 2003, we sincerely hope this new year will be a very happy and prosperous one for everyone, no one excluded. Happy 2003!

 



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 In this column are published our reader's mail. If you have any comment or any question or just want to express your opinion about wine, send your letters to our editorial.

 

I heard wine kept in larger bottles is better than the one kept in regular bottles. Is that true?
Carol Swain -- Albany, New York (USA)
Generally speaking, yes, it is true. Wine kept in larger bottles, such as a magnum, ages more slowly than in regular bottles and develops more complex, elegant and refined characteristics. This is generally true for red wines suited for aging in bottle, as there are few white wines truly suited for this purpose because they tend, with time, to lose their crispness and vivacity. Moreover, it should be considered that sparkling wines produced with classic method, such as Champagne, when are fermented in larger bottles develop more refined and elegant aromas than the ones fermented in regular bottles.



I am a wine lover and I particularly like French wines from Bordeaux. I often hear talking about terroir, although I do not really know what it is, it seems to be an important term. What does exactly mean terroir? Congratulations for your publication.
Simon Wilson -- Worthing, Sussex (England)
The term terroir is mainly used in the Bordeaux area. Its literal meaning is “soil” and it comes from the French phrase “goût de terroir” that is “taste of soil”. In Bordeaux enology, the term “terroir” indicates, besides the specific characteristics of the soil, also other geographical factors that directly influence the quality of wine, such as altitude, position relative to the sun, angle of vineyard's incline, subsoil water drainage and the microclimate condition of the area. In Burgundy they use the “climat” term to indicate local conditions, just like “terroir”, referred to a tiny area, usually not larger than a vineyard.



Congratulations for your publication which I think to be complete and well made. I would like to ask you this question: what is the difference between Spanish Cava and the other sparkling wines produced in other countries, such as Champagne?
Alberto Ramajo -- Valladolid (Spain)
Besides the production area, there are other differences between Cava and Champagne, as well as other sparkling wines produced with classic method. The production method used for Cava is the classic one which provides for a secondary fermentation in bottle, just like Champagne. Grapes used in the production of Cava are Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada, whereas in the production of Champagne, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are used instead. However it should be noticed that in some Cavas Chardonnay is used as well as Pinot Noir, which usually give a better structure and longevity. Another difference is represented by the minimum time of fermentation in bottle: because of proper characteristics of the local grapes used in making Cava, the minimum aging is of 9 months.



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