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New German Wine Laws

In early 2021, the parliament of Germany passed the tenth amendment to the German Wine Law of 1971. These new German wine laws create a classification system based on geography that will apply to all of German wine by 2026. This system consists of three quality pyramids — one within another within another. A familiar pyramid The first pyramid is the same as the one in use today. It starts with the country-wide Deutscher Wein designation at the bottom. The next tier up, Landwein, is for wines with geographical indication made within one of 26 Landwein regions in Germany (these include titles […]

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Getting the most from True Wine

Build your knowledge with fun, bite-sized lessons. Up your wine game in just a few minutes a day. Choose what to learn next from the ever-expanding library in the “Learn” tab. Earn a certification. Did you know that you can earn a certification right on the True Wine app? Finish all the level 1 courses, and we’ll email a certification straight to your inbox! Stay fresh. After you’ve finished your first course, find your personalized daily review set under the “Review” tab. Explore the world of wine. Interested in a wine’s origins? Search the library of thousands of wine regions […]

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The Art & Science of Wine Pairing

Wine pairing builds on the flavor balancing work we do in the kitchen. The five tastes (salt, acid, sweetness, bitterness and umami) push and pull on the tastes of a wine in predictable ways. Let’s start with the most important elements of a wine. Acidity, sweetness, tannins, bitterness and alcohol. This is what we call the wine’s structure. Here’s a quick breakdown of each: Acidity makes a wine mouthwatering. It is most obvious in tart white wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño, but acidity is crucial for keeping bold red wines and sweet dessert wines balanced and delicious. Sweetness comes from unfermented sugar […]

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Breaking Down The Wine Classification System of France

The French appellation system is made up of 3 tiers. Vin de France. IGP (Indication géographique protégée) AOP (Appellation d’origine protégée) Each tier comes with increasingly stringent requirements, but in many cases, comes with the benefit of increased name recognition. The Vin de France level comes with very few requirements, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many outstanding producers use the Vin de France title when they want to experiment with new varieties or winemaking styles that would otherwise not be allowed. The IGP level covers wines made from specific geographical areas and with slightly tighter rules than the […]

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