vintage

Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product (see Harvest (wine)). A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. In certain wines, it can denote quality, as in Port wine, where Port houses make and declare vintage Port in their best years. From this tradition, a common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or of a particularly high quality.
Most countries allow a vintage wine to include a portion of wine that is not from the year denoted on the label. In Chile and South Africa, the requirement is 75% same-year content for vintage-dated wine. In Australia, New Zealand, and the member states of the European Union, the requirement is 85%. In the United States, the requirement is 85%, unless the wine is designated with an AVA, (e.g., Napa Valley), in which case it is 95%. Technically, the 85% rule in the United States applies equally to imports, but there are obvious difficulties in enforcing the regulation.
The opposite of a vintage wine is a nonvintage wine (often seen on a wine list as NV), which is usually a blend from the produce of two or more years. This is a common practice for winemakers seeking a consistent style of wine, year on year.

View More On Wikipedia.org

    Recent Content Tagged With vintage

  1. bigezfosheez
  2. Gwatson217
  3. deerslayer
  4. STUKA
  5. CountryGent
  6. jbett98
  7. spudrow
  8. 45alive
  9. Bajablast
  10. Portaledgepete
  11. RedneckRampage
  12. DrCox
  13. Portaledgepete
  14. CPF
  15. CPF
  16. m1dad
  17. RVTECH
  18. Oryguner
  19. bmwguru325
  20. dennis682003
    Decided to keep.
    Thread by: dennis682003, Nov 24, 2016, 2 replies, in forum: Rifle Classifieds