Free, Basic Wine Information

If you're looking for basic wine information then you've come to the right place. As people begin their journeys from novice wine lovers to full fledged connoisseurs, they learn about wine and free wine information is often hard to come by. That's why it's so important to have an information resource available as you get to know different regions, varieties and tastes.

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The new often reports studies regarding wine nutrition information and the many positive effects of red wine. Most of those positive effects are related to the resveratrol in red wine. In short, resveratrol may be good for your heart according to this report at the Mayo Clinic.

When it comes to wine facts the number of calories in a glass of wine is a frequent question. The quick answer is the average glass of red or white wine has around 120 calories.

Wine Tasting Information

Today, wine grapes are grown all over the world. There are high quality wines being produced in places such as the United States, New Zealand and South America. However, the traditional wine making and bottling powerhouses are still the most popular in many respects. Here's an overview with essential wine information for the three classic wine making countries: France, Italy and Spain.

Basic Wine Information for France

No one produces more wine than France does, and no country exports more wine around the world than France, accounting for 34% of worldwide exports! It's the only place that you can get authentic champagne (from the Champagne region) but the country is really known for its masterful reds. Drinking wine and enjoying good food and wine are a pleasant French tradition.

The Bordeaux region is probably the most famous wine region in the world, and those wines can be some of the most sought after and expensive of any varietals. The Burgundy region is also extremely famous. Common grapes used in French wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. Types of white grapes include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Muscadelle.

Information on Italian Wine

With more than a million vineyards in the country, Italy produces about 20% of the world's total supply of wine. While all wines can be excellently paired with food, the Italian wines all seem to mesh wonderfully well with various foods, the most notable wine and food combinations are the hearty meats and pastas of Italy itself.

To understand Italian wine we start with the red wine Chianti from the Sangiovese grape grown in Tuscany. The Nebbiolo grape is noted for two popular types of wine, Barolo and Barbaresco, both red wines. Popular white wine types include Pinot Grigio and the Moscato grape which is used to make a variety of sweet, semi sweet dessert wine as well as sparkling wines.

Many wine country families still make homemade wine types themselves believing the small hand crafted batches are among the best wine one can taste. Wine drinkers will see they are difficult to find no matter how much they cost.

Basic Wine Information for Spain

The third largest region making wine in the world, behind Italy and France, Spain actually has the most land space dedicated to wine growing of anywhere in the world. The most famous region in the country is Rioja, known for its production of high quality red wines using grapes such as Tempranillo.

Perhaps the second most popular region is Ribera de Duero, where Tempranillo grapes are used along with more common red grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. The Rueda region produces white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and the Peneds region makes very good wine including Merlots, fruity whites and sparkling Cavas.

Your Basic Wine Education

Hopefully this basic wine information has gotten you off to a good start! Of course, this is a very basic overview of these three countries and their wine varieties. As you dive into the world of wine, wine tasting and wine culture you'll be able to judge for yourself what the main features and characteristics are, as well as what you personally enjoy the best.

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