What are the relative merits of old world versus "new world" wines?
"Old World" wines are produced in Europe, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Austria.
New World wines are produced in Canada and the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and various Central and South American countries.
A side-by-side tasting of old world and new world wines, each made from the same grape, is a terrific way to begin identifying those relative merits and to develop your own tastes.
Many a wine tasting party or other event has been held to compare various European wines with their new world counterparts.
Obviously there are many other wines and countries of origin to choose from. Talking to knowledgeable staff at a well-stocked wine shop will give you many ideas on which wines to pair up.
This table provides a few examples.
For a twist on a traditional old world" versus "new world" wine tasting, taste and compare "old" and "new" world wines with their homemade wine counterparts.
Yes, many wineries have wine concentrate kits that home winemakers use to make Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Riesling,Shiraz and many other very familiar varietals and very fine wines.
These concentrates produce wines that are ready to bottle in six weeks to a few months and ready to drink in well that depends on the type of wine.
Remember, wines taste better when aged. Follow aging recommendations from these wine kit producers.
But when they are ready to drink, go ahead - host a wine tasting event to contrast and compare some wonderful old world wines with some wonderful homemade counterparts. Here are two options.
One way to do this is to select a country whose wines youd like to explore. Lets pick Germany, known for its white wines, especially Rieslings.
Another approach is to open it up to wines from many European countries and their new world counterparts.
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