The below chart is from the Mapping Nebbiolo post and attempts to show that the traditional and modern styles co-existed post-1970 and that the respective practitioners have learnt from each other and have incorporated elements from the other side that allow them to make the best wine possible. Hence what TONG calls the Contemporary winemaking style in The Langhe.
The chart below attempts to establish a framework within which to evaluate cellar operations and for reporting data associated with each of the major steps in the winemaking process.
New World winemakers have mostly conquered the production and marketing of their varietal wines and many of them are now pursuing improved quality and new customers by increasing the number of blended wines in their portfolio. This chart sought to capture, in one place, the reasons why winemakers have sought blends historically, the types of blends, the mechanisms that winemakers utilize for developing blends, and identification of some of the more successful blends that are in the marketplace.
|Figure 3. Details of yeast autolysis|
In his book Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs tells the tale of wine through the ages in a comprehensive, multi-layered, multi-faceted treatise which organizes the history of wine into seven chapter-specific periods, all of which are connected by underlying themes of class, quality, taste, wine styles, and terroir, with today's wine as a constant reference point. I attempted to capture three key elements of that treatise in the charts below: The evolution of wine through the ages; the rise and fall of wine relevance and consumption between the 18th and 20th centuries; and the anthropological aspects of wine through the ages.
There are, of course, many charts and graphs and tables utilized on this site but theses are the ones that I go back to constantly to help me to understand things that diminish in intensity with distance and time.
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