My exams are over! I am enjoying the life of freedom. There has been a lot of fun over the past week, and now I’m getting back into the swing of things. I have felt like I neglected my A to Z recently so let’s get back to it.
Today’s letter is:
V for vintage.
Vintage is a word that makes most people think of old things. Nowadays anything vintage is cool. But when it comes to wine the term vintage takes on a whole new meaning and importance.
Vintage is the year that the grapes were harvested, so pretty much every wine will have a vintage – as most of it will be picked and bottled from a single year. There are some exceptions though, most notably, non-vintage champagne which is several years’ grapes blended together.
Although vintage is important everywhere, there are some wines that have much more variation vintage to vintage. These tend to be places where the climate is very variable, this in turn affects the quality of the grapes and the quality of the wine as a result. Places in the old world like Bordeaux and Burgundy are particularly vintage dependent, and the price can vary considerably depending on whether the weather that year was great or awful.
If you want to find out whether you have a good vintage, or whether to drink your wine now or keep it a bit longer then check out the Berry Bros vintage chart.
What is your perception of vintage wines?