Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC)

aoc-labelI haven’t said anything about wine in a while, so just in case you thought I was on the wagon (yeah, nah), here’s a post about why New Zealand champagne isn’t champagne.

It all comes back to the giant of global winemaking, France. In the early twentieth century the French government began laying the legislative groundwork for what would officially become, by the middle of the century, the Appellation d’origine contrôlée, the ‘Controlled Designation of Origin.’ Here in the New World we identify our wines by the grape varietal or varietals used to make it, which is why most of my wine-related posts concentrate on profiling the varietal wines most commonly found in New Zealand. Back in the Old World (i.e. Europe) wine is identified by its place of origin. Continue reading “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC)”

Wine Profile: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon, (c) Wine Folly

The Culture Project started with a glass of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon (2010 Wyndham Estate Bin 444). Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the eighteen ‘Noble Grapes’, the widely-grown grape varietals which together are considered to represent the entire range of wine from crisp whites to deep, dark reds. Cabernet Sauvignon (or Cab. Sav. in common New Zealand parlance) is definitely one of the latter. Continue reading “Wine Profile: Cabernet Sauvignon”