Monthly Archives: October 2008

Types Of Wine

Types of white wine grapes : Muscat

Muscat (Moos-cat) More a family of grapes than a single variety, muscat bears no relationship with the Muscadet wine. Food-wine pairing: Muscat shows best on its own: without food. Districts: any warmer climates. Typical taste: often sweet and always fruity, with a characteristic grapefruity and musky aroma. Muscat wines are instantly recognizable to anyone who […]

Types Of Wine

Types of white wine grapes : Sauvignon blanc

Sauvignon blanc (So-vee-nyon Blah) Food-wine pairing: a versatile food wine for seafood, poultry, and salads. Districts: New Zealand produces some excellent Sauvignon Blancs. Some Australian Sauvignon Blancs, grown in warmer areas, tends to be flat and lack fruit qualities. Of French origin, sauvignon blanc is grown in the Bordeaux district where it is blended with […]

Types Of Wine

Types of white wine grapes : Chardonnay

Chardonnay (Shar-doe-nay) Chardonnay was the most popular white grape through the 1990′s. It can be made sparkling or still. Food-wine pairing: it is a good choice for fish and chicken dishes. Districts: chardonnay makes the principle white wine of Burgundy (France), where it originated. Chardonnay is grown with success in most viticultural areas under a […]

Types Of Wine

Types of white wine grapes : Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer (Gah-vurtz-tra-meener) A very aromatic variety. Food-wine pairing: ideal for sipping and with Asian food, pork and grilled sausages. Districts: best-known in Alsace, Germany, the USA West Coast, and New York. Typical taste in varietal wine: fruity flavours with aromas of rose petal, peach, lychee, and allspice. A Gewürztraminer often appears not as refreshing as […]

Types Of Wine

Types of white wine grapes : Riesling

Riesling (Rees-ling) Riesling should taste fresh. If they do, then they might also prove tastier and tastier as they age. Food-wine pairing: dry versions go well with fish, chicken and pork dishes. Districts: the classic German grape of the Rhine and Mosel, riesling grows in all wine districts. Germany’s great Rieslings are usually made slightly […]


Wine Label Information

Most labels have the following information: 1. Name of winery 2. Appellation – Name of the wine growing region. 3. Name of the vineyard(s) 4. Varietal name – If there is no varietal name, the wine is probably a blend (cuvee). To be able to call a US wine by the vine grape variety, it […]


47 White Wine Varietals

47 white wine varietals Here is a list of vine varieties with a description of the white wines made from them. Variety Origin Description Aligoté French Poor man’s Burgundy. Pale, light, crisp wine. Not for ageing. Alvarinho Portugal Produces Vinho Verde, very crisp, light with a slight prickle. Auxerrois French Acidic, very dry and full-bodies, […]

White Wine

Pino de Bali – White

Pino de Bali – White Aged in oak, the fortified wine is delicate with a warmth on the palate. The flavour is enhanced by raisin and woody overtones, along with orange peel and nutty aromas. Pinot White has a smooth finish yet not overly sweet. Pino de Bali makes for a delicious drink before dinner […]

White Wine

Tunjung – Balinese White Wine

Tunjung – Balinese White Wine Tunjung sparkling wine comes from a grape variety identified as “Probolingo Biru”. The grapes are grown in the north east of Bali at the Hatten Wines vineyard.  This brut sparkling favorite has aromas of citrus peel and flowers, with a lingering scent of light creamy yeast.  The aromas and flavours […]

Red Wine

Aga Red – Balinese Red Wine

Aga Red – Balinese Red Wine AGA Red is a young light red wine made from the local Alphonse-Lavallée grapes. This medium bodied wine is often associated with the genre Beaujolais-Nouveau.

White Wine

Aga White – Balinese White Wine

Aga White – Balinese White Wine Hatten Wines dry white is a delightful wine made from the Belgia grapes grown in Hatten Wines’ own vineyard on the North East of Bali. Fermentation is conducted at a low temperature in order to preserve the delicate lemon-lime flavours.  The wine is matured for over six months in […]


Why are alcohol levels in wine higher today?

One of the hot topics of debate within the wine industry today relates to the overall increase in the alcohol levels of many wines. Wines that were commonly 12.5% alcohol twenty years ago, now routinely register 14.0%. It would be easy to dismiss this dramatic change in wine as yet another result of global warming, […]

Wine Spirits

How To Know What Wine To Order In A Restaurant

It can be embarrassing if you are out on a date at a fancy restaurant and you don’t know the right wine to order, it’s even worse if you are out with another couple. Even though ordering a bottle of wine while dining out isn’t all that different than buying from a winery you do […]


Take Control Of The Wine List

Imagine this—you are seated at an upscale restaurant with one of your best clients and then handed a wine list thicker than a college textbook. You want to pick out the “perfect” wine to impress your client but everything looks like it is written in a foreign language. After only a few minutes the server […]


5 Secrets To Ordering A Great Bottle Of Wine Every Time

I have found that most people want to enjoy wine, but that many of them just feel frustrated and confused by all the jargon and pomp and circumstance. I believe learning about wine should be simple, without attitude and above all else, lots of fun! So here are my 5 secrets to ordering a great […]