Some wines have an abundance of fruit flavours and some completely lack all flavour, all together. This can be quite frustrating for a newbie who is still learning about wines and figuring out how to select the right one.
The way your wine tastes has nothing to do with the quality and is only impacted by the climate.
Warm climate regions tend to have more consistent temperatures throughout the season. The slow change in temperature from summer into winter gives the grapes ample opportunity to become fully ripe but the natural acidity in the grapes is lost. It is a general rule that warm climates produce grapes with more ripe fruit flavours and less acidity.
Warm Climate Wine Regions
Central & Southern Spain
Cool climate regions can get as hot as warm climates in the peak of the season. However, it is a fact that the temperatures change quickly towards harvest and that makes the wines taste different. Lower temperatures preserve the acidity but make it difficult for grapes to ripen. Thus, cool climate wine regions tend to produce tart fruit flavours and have more acidity.
Cool Climate Wine Regions
Washington State (see chart)
Northern Greece & Macedonia
The climate regions listed above are generalised. It is possible to have a ‘micro-climate’ within a larger climate type.
So, the next time you are experimenting with a new wine brand or a new type of wine, simply read about where it has been produced to understand how it will taste.
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