The Wine Story (13)

Thursday, 02 December 2010 16:29

What else should we know about wines...

Written by Corcova

We discussed about the corpulence of wine. It has an essential role in the wine pairing, but it is not the only element we should take in account. We have to consider the taste - sweet, acre, bitter and salty, but also type of food - soft or hard, and also the type of wine. For example, a sweeter fruity wine is softer, and a more acid wine, which has more tannins, is harder. Speaking of food, the sugar and the fat give to the food a softer feature, and the bitter taste and the acid give it a harder feature. Also, we have to take in account the alcohol percentage of the wine, and the salt content of the food. A lower alcohol percentage will make the wine softer, and an alcohol excess will make the wine harder. In the same way, less salt means a softer food, and more salt means a heavier food.

Monday, 29 November 2010 16:23

The wine is the key of a successful meal

Written by Corcova

When we have a good pairing, the profit is for the wine, but also for the food. When the two of them are in "conflict", we could have a disaster, no matter how talented is the cook and no matter how good is the wine! There are many factors we should take in account, like acidity, sweetness, aroma and corpulence of wine and food. The wines are more and more bodied starting with the white ones and finishing with the red ones. But, beside the color of wine and the type of grapevine, important are also the method of vinification and the region of origin and the climate. A cool climate will give less bodied wines, and a warmer climate, more bodied wines. Also, the fermentation at lower temperatures or in stainless steel cisterns will give less bodied wines, and the fermentation at a higher temperature or in oak barrels will give more bodied wines. Generally, the alcohol percentage says about how bodied is a wine - light wines have less than 11-12 alcohol per cent, and heavy wines have more than 13-14 per cent. Speaking of food, here we talk about the content of fat and about the type of fat - from meat, from dairy products of vegetal. The type of cooking is also important - the meals are more bodied from those cooked by steaming, to those fried, like stew of barbecue, and finally to those cooked in oven. Meals are more bodied also from the light aromas to the heavy ones, like smoky aroma, from the light meals to those more concentrated. Speaking of food, we should take in account also the dressings and garretings. A general rule learns us to associate the wines with meals having a similar body.

Thursday, 25 November 2010 15:13

The wine is not to drink randomly

Written by Corcova

The wine has its personality. It is something terrible when it is in a conflict with the food! This is true: the wine doesn't accept to be drunk no matter when and no matter how... It protests and it could ruin our carefully prepared feast, with the most refined meals. Knowing how to drink the wine is real science. Any sommelier could explain it to you - knowing how to enjoy this wonderful beverage is a true grace and needs a ritual. There are many laws regarding how to choose and how to drink the wine. When you arrived to understand the deep secrets of this priceless beverage, you could forget about the laws, the choice of wine becoming a real art... But until that time there are at least some elementary rules to obey.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010 15:57

The wine, carrier of grace and health

Written by Corcova

The winter holidays are here. From Xmas until Epiphany almost every day is a holy day and a new occasion for a festive meal. A festive meal means, obviously, a special atmosphere and a special company, but also exquisite dishes... Still, a dish, even a refined one, could not show its real qualities unless it is not associate with the adequate wine. No meal is a success if the quality wines are missing. Special dishes are often quite heavy, therefore, after a festive meal, we often have some digestive troubles, sometimes even unpleasant ones. This will never happen if each meal is paired with the adequate wine. The wine, carefully chosen, is capable to transform event the heaviest meal in a blessing. Having a special chemistry, with more than one thousand different substances, most of them being vital elements for our health, the wine represents a beverage which provides a long life.

Monday, 08 November 2010 14:45

Dacian controversies

Written by Corcova

Like we mentioned earlier, some people, specialists or not, consider that the wine appeared in Georgia, Iran or Egypt. But there are enough data to think that the wine could appear in ancient Dacia, on our lands. Or... why not - we could also accept the fact that the wine appeared independently in different areas where the grapevines were present and grown by the local people. There are some signs which indicate that in the area of Romania of our days existed some predecessors of the grapevine already from the Tertiary Age, from the beginning of the Neozoic Era. Having botanical and climatic proofs, the botanist A. Griesbach considered that the origin of the grapevines should be searched in the lands of ancient Thracia, and B.P. Harden came with the idea that in these regions the grapevine culture is older than the ploughing culture. Meanwhile, R. Billiard says that, among all regions of Europe, the ancient Thracia would be the oldest land of the wine. There are also many signs and even proofs that, starting with the 2nd millennium BC, the culture of grapevine and the wine making became basic activities of the people from Carpathian and Danube region. There are also some specialists who place this moment much earlier. There are voices which proclaim that the viticulture was exported from this region to others. Actually, in the Iliad, Homer says that the Greek warriors traveled to Thracia in order to find the wine, and the cult of Dionysos is considered to be born in Thracia, where we find a similar cult, impersonated by the god Sabazios.

Sunday, 07 November 2010 13:37

The qualities of Noah's wine

Written by Corcova

The wine is present also in the Bible, where we find no less than 450 references to the wine and to the grapevine. Isaiah the prophet wrote a grapevine chant, and at a wedding in Cana of Galilee Jesus transformed the water in wine. Still, the most important reference is inside the Last Supper story, when the wine get a deep meaning, by becoming the blood of Christ. Don't forget that Jesus also said: I am the real vineyard.
Anyway, the wine was always present at the most important sacred celebrations, from Dionysos the Greek to Bacchus the Roman of Nin-kasi the Sumerian. But the wine is also present as a medication, as antiseptic remedy or, simple, as a delicious aliment. Interesting are also the adventures of Noah...

Friday, 05 November 2010 14:11

The celebrations of Dionysos

Written by Corcova

Dionysos became the true lord of the cities of Hellada. He was, for sure, the most celebrated god. And it's normal to be like this! Isn't true that not cheering a glass of wine is like a sin? Could we not celebrate the nature, its benefits, the richness of the earth, the love with all its temptations? Even if Dionysos was not praised on our lands, all these mysteries of fire he embodied in the Greek mythology were and are fully celebrated also on our country.

Thursday, 04 November 2010 15:02

Dionysos and "the fire of wine"

Written by Corcova

The long lasting cult of Dionysos was a legendary creation of the Greeks, but also of the Thracians, their neighbors from North. Their relationship is described also in the writing of Homer - from there we find out, for example, how Polyphemus the Cyclope got drunk by the warriors who attacked Thracia, a land from which ships loaded with Thracian wine arrived daily.
Dionysos was the child of Semele, Zeus' sweetheart. But in fact Semele gave not birth to Dionysos, because she died in a fire caused by Hera, the jealous wife of Zeus. However, the god saved his the fetal Dionysus, by sewing him into his thigh. Dionysus was born from here, few months later, "in flames". These are so meaningful flames... The story says that, when Dionysos was born "in flames", people have received from gods "the fire of wine". Dionysos was the god of the richness of the cultivated land, but he had also something from the magnificence of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the Sun, because the richness of the earth contain the precious rays of the Sun. In this way, the captured rays of the Sun generated the "fire" of Dionysos birth, who send to us, humans, "the fire of wine".

Wednesday, 03 November 2010 15:57

Dionysos, the god of wine

Written by Corcova

The high quality and the fame of the wine from ancient Dacia explains, probably, why the Greeks believed that Dionysos came from these lands. Nobody put these lands exactly on the map, therefore we could think that Dionysos was born among Corcova vineyards, located on the other side of the magic mountains of Sarmizegetusa Regia.
There are many legends which connect Dionysos to this wonderful beverage, the wine. It is said that once he was on his way to Naxos Island. Being tired, he reposed on a beautiful meadow, and he discovered there a tiny, fragile, unknown plant. He liked it, so he took it. But the sun was so powerful... It was too hot, the plant could die, therefore Dionysos tried to protect it from the sun.

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 18:51

A Chinese legend of wine

Written by Corcova

It is normal that a beverage highly appreciated as the wine should be present in many tales from all over the world. A Chinese legend says that Yu, the peaceable and the wise, the first emperor of China, had a wise wife. The empress Yidi was a very good housekeeper, she knew immediately what was about and was was needed in the royal houses. But she became sick, and she was no longer able to keep the house, therefore the servants became lazy. One day, the empress felt better and, reminding of her flavored grapes, she asked for a fresh grape. But the servants didn't take care of the cellars, so they had to admit there were no more grapes...

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