If raisins are dried grapes, are any wines made from raisins?

9/28/2016

The answer is: Yes. The grapes can either be left to raisin on the vine or dried after harvest. The evaporation of water from the grapes concentrates the sugar and flavors, resulting in a wine of intense character. The most famous such wine in the world is Amarone. Produced in the Italian province of the Veneto, around the city of Verona, Amarone is made by laying very ripe grapes (Corvina grapes, to be exact) on straw mats for three to four months, then pressing them into wine. Amarone is Port-like in body and powerfully rich.

Many wine enthusiasts know that a Magnum size wine bottle is equivalent to two standard size bottles. Can you put in order from smallest to largest the following size bottles? Salmanazar, Jeroboam, Nebuchadnezzar. What is the equivalent number of standard size bottles each holds?

From smallest to largest: 1) Jeroboam, equivalent to 6 standard size bottles; 2) Salmanazar, equivalent to 12 standard size bottles; 3) Nebuchadnezzar, equivalent to 20 standard size bottles. A standard size wine bottle holds 750 milliliters., equivalent to 27 fluid ounces. This size has changed very little since glass was first used as a wine container. It is said that the size was originally determined by the size of a container conveniently blown by a glassblower’s lungful of air. The explanation of size has also been described as simply a suitable ration of wine for two people at one sitting.

What does the term Cuvée mean?

In general terms, cuvée can be used to mean any blend of wine and therefore wine labels often carry meaningless descriptions incorporating the word. Tête de cuvée, on the other hand, is occasionally used for the top bottling of a wine producer. In Champagne production, cuvée is a name for the first and best juice to flow from the press. The blend of base wines assembled for second fermentation in the bottle, is also known as the cuvée. Thus the term is often used in many sparkling wine names.


Originally published in our Gold Wine Club's The Wine Press, Baileyana Winery edition featured in 2003.