Gold Medal Wine Club Blog

When was California’s first vineyard planted?

9/26/2016

In 1769, Fr. Junipero Serra planted California’s first vineyard at the Mission San Diego de Alcala. The grapes were ...


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When was wine first discovered?

9/24/2016

Wine was discovered about 6,000 years ago in either Mesopotamia, Palestine/Israel, or what is now called ...


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Who is responsible for introducing the 100 point wine rating scale?

9/22/2016

Most novice, enthusiast, and wine aficionados are familiar with the standard 100-point scale used today to rate the ...


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How many sub appellations currently exist within Napa Valley?

9/20/2016

Within the Napa Valley, regions have emerged that possess distinct microclimates and terrains, promoting distinct and recognizable characteristics on ...


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What is 'cold maceration'?

9/18/2016

Cold maceration is the process of putting the grapes in a refrigerated environment for several days before starting ...


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What properties of grapes make them so suited to wine production in comparison to other fruits?

9/16/2016

While a wine-like beverage can be made using virtually any fruit, the grape is particularly suited for two main reasons. One is ...


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What is Pinotage?

9/14/2016

Pinotage is a red grape varietal that was created in South Africa in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of ...


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What is a 'cépage'?

9/12/2016

A cépage is a French term that describes wines made primarily from a single grape variety. In the case of ...


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What does the term 'zymotechnology' refer to?

9/9/2016

Zymotechnology is the study of yeast fermentation. For those of you who are interested, yeast is a single-celled agent vital to ...


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What is a Blanc de Noir?

9/7/2016

Blanc de Noir is a French term that translates to “white wine from red grapes.” It is most often describes ...


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What is the requirement when naming a wine’s appellation on a wine label?

9/5/2016

To name a wine’s appellation on the label, such as ‘Napa Valley’ or ‘Sonoma Coast,’ at least 85% of the grapes must come from ...


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What does the term "olfactory" refer to?

9/2/2016

The term "olfactory" (pronounced äl-fak-ter-e), refers to the sense of smell. Your nose is a key instrument for judging ...


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