5 Wine Education Questions about Cool Climate and Warm Climate Wines
How can you tell whether or not you'll like a new wine before you buy it? One good thing to know is the difference between cool climate and warm climate wines. Here are 5 common questions that will help you figure out which wines you like to drink.
What are those major differences?
Wines from cool climates tend to have less sugar and greater acidity because the grapes ripen more slowly. They're often described as delicate, elegant, and tart with flavors like apple, cranberry, and spice. Wines from warm climates are usually sweeter and therefore higher in alcohol. They're often described as full bodied and powerful with flavors like cherry, blackberry, and chocolate. Warm climate wines often have more tannin as well.
Do I have to study geography to keep track?
Geography is good to know, but we'll give you some hints. Cooler climates include New York, Oregon, Washington State, Northern France, Northern Italy, Germany, and Austria. Warmer climates include California, Southern France, Southern Italy, Argentina, and Australia, as well as much of Spain and Portugal.
Do different grapes like different climates?
Some grapes, like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, usually require a specific climate. Others, like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, will grow in both cool and warm regions, and can produce wines that taste very different from each other depending on the climate.
How is climate change affecting all this?
As you would imagine, climate change is having a major influence on winemaking. Many grape growers are having to adapt to warmer conditions. That can mean earlier harvests in cooler regions, and a need for more irrigation in warmer regions.
How can I figure out which wines I like better?
As always, drinking more wine is the most enjoyable way to find out what you like. Taste warm and cool climate wines for yourself.
Vino Fine Wine & Spirits welcomes all wine lovers. You'll discover great values and rare finds among our wide selection of both cool and warm climate wines. Contact us today to start browsing.
- Adam Linet