FUN WINE FACTS
1. All of the wine produced here at the Chateau is gluten free. It is also vegetarian friendly.
2. One barrel of wine equals 25 cases, which equals 1,500 glasses
3. One ton of grapes makes about 720 bottles of wine or 60 cases.
4. Each bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes; that means each five-ounce glass of wine contains a little over a half a pound of grapes.
5. One vine annually produces between four and six bottles of wine, or between 20 and 30 glasses.
BEST SERVING TEMPERATURES:
Light, crisp whites and champagnes: 42 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit
Complex, aromatic whites: 46 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit
Delicate, fruity reds: 53 to 62 degrees Fahrenheit
Mature, hearty reds: 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit
Aroma: The scent of the wine itself
Bouquet: The fragrance a wine provides. Swirl your glass and smell. This is the best time to capture the bouquet scent.
Complexity: A wine with layers of flavors and aromas
Crisp: A wine with a level acidity
Dry: The drier the wine is, the less sweet it will taste
Fruity: When the specific smells of the grapes are evident, the wine is labeled "fruity"
Full-bodied: A rich, flavorful wine with higher alcohol
Nose: The combination of aroma and bouquet, the overall smell of the wine
Tart: A wine with a high acidic level
Balance: Elements of a wine (sweetness, acidity, tartness etc.) in a matched combination
WINE & FOOD
Choosing appropriate wine and food combinations will enhance the overall experience of a meal. Here we offer some suggestions:
White wines are typically paired with fish, pork, chicken and other white meats. Red wines complement red meats. As a general rule, try to match the flavor of the wine to the flavor of the food (i.e. strong-flavored wine with strong-flavored food; sweet wine with sweet food)
It is best to avoid drinking a sweet wine with a bitter food and vice versa.
Another helpful hint is to match the nationality of the wine to the nationality of the food (i.e. hamburgers with Zinfandel; lasagna with Chianti; French food with Bordeaux).