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Is It Time To Join A Wine Club?

Jul 25, 2008
Wine is just not a beverage or a drink. Winemaking is a craft that has refined and evolved over the centuries and lent its magic touch to the tables of generations of people. To many people wine is much more than a drink; it is a passionate hobby that traces the creation of the wine from the formation of the grape, the juicing to the final wait as the wine matures in its wooden casks. Wine clubs have come into existence as a means of sharing knowledge bout the wines. They usually offer a selection of wines directly from the manufacturer. The internet has opened up new avenues in understanding and appreciating wine as it has connected the buyer, the seller and the manufacturer, and perhaps, even the growers.

There are wine experts in the wine club who give advice and share their experiences. The members can ask questions about the wines, receive guidance from the wine-expert or the winemaker about how it is to be served, preserved, presented and what food accompanies it. Amateur wine lovers can learn that about process of wine making, which involves the fermentation of grape juice changes it chemistry and converts it partly to alcohol. Winemakers have spent lifetimes in perfecting this craft and achieving that perfect taste and blend.

A wine club is thus a great way for a novice to get acquainted with the kinds of wines including rare wines and vintage collections as well as acquiring knowledge about the pricing and labels of the wines. Such clubs send out a few bottles of wine every month so that the members can savour the different kinds of wines, from the famous white wines of California to the vast variety in Italy to the sparking reds and rose wines from France.

Wine clubs thus make various kinds of wines accessible and provide a platform to exchange information about wines. Wines also make wonderful gifts and wine clubs arrange the delivery of these in decorative wine baskets.

Some wine clubs also arrange tours to the vineyards so that the members can comprehend the process and taste the wine straight from the wine maker. Since wine is an natural product, the final taste depends not only on the grapes that are used, but the climate, the soil, the method used, including the kind of wood used in the casks that they are preserved in, and the time used for maturation. Apart from this, there are many blends used to create the perfect blend.

Understanding the intricate methods employed in winemaking and tracing its history enhances the experience of drinking the wine. Winemaking had its origins in France and war almost wiped out the knowledge of wine-making. The monks who cultivated the vineyards and stored the wine in the cellars under the monasteries kept the wine making craft alive. For a long time after, the wines from monasteries were considered of superior quality and commanded better prices. A good wine club is an excellent way to acquire and appreciate wine.
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James Copper is a writer for http://www.cecwine.co.uk
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