In the last article, we introduced you to the basics of wine appellations. In this article, we will take a step further in taking you through all the regions where wine is grown in California. If you still haven’t gotten the basics of wine appellations, I recommend you go through the last article explaining the basics of Californian wine appellations.
Californian Appellation Rules
Natural, what you will see on most wine labels is “California”. The reason for this is that many Americans and the world at large know fully well that some of the best wines in the United States, if not the world, come from California. With this, producers can blend together wine grapes from different areas in California, instead of taking from just one spot. Producers buy grapes from a different region, as a way of cutting down cost. Our distributors wanting to import Californian wines to India should keep in mind that blending will definitely help reduce costs.
Ordinarily, the guarantee (that the wine grapes are grown in California) on Californian appellation is 75%. This means that 75% all the grapes in the blend come from Californian wine fields. What does this mean for you as a consumer?
- The wine you are buying is of the same standards as the one you buy from other notable regions.
- The wine you are buying meets all the standards for export. Most European countries are in the habit of sending their bad wines overseas, due to excessive supply. Due to high local demand, Californian wines are exported in only little quantities. When importing wines to India, care should be taken to ensure that wine you are importing meets with all standards of the market. Californian appellation is there to ensure that all wines meet with stipulated standards.
- It is an offence to chaptalize Californian wine in California. Chaptalization in this sense means to add sugar before or during the fermentation of the wine’s grapes, so as to increase its alcohol content. This is allowed in France, but frowned at in California. The truth is that chaptalizing wine isn’t needful as there is plenty sunlight in California.
- Californian wines usually have riper flavor and higher alcohol content than Old World or Southern Hemisphere wines. This is because California is generally sunnier.
In the next article, we will share with you the secrets of Napa, which is California’s most popular appellation.