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Wine Spectator School


Class 9: Winegrowing and Winemaking


review for class 9

 
THE VINE'S ANNUAL CYCLE

The milestones in the vine's year are:

  • Budbreak
  • Flowering
  • Fruit set
  • Veraison
  • Maturity

 

 
VINEYARD DECISIONS

Some of the main decisions made by the winegrower are:

  • Spacing
  • Training
  • Pruning
  • Trellising
  • Yield
  • Harvest

 

 
WINERY DECISIONS

The main steps in the winemaking process are:

  • Sorting
  • Destemming
  • Alcoholic Fermentation
  • Yeast
  • Temperature of Fermentation
  • Fermentation Container
  • Malolactic Fermentation
  • Pressing
  • Sur Lie Aging
  • Racking, Fining, Filtration
  • Blending, Barrel Aging, Bottling and Bottle Aging

 

 
MAKING WINE WITH BUBBLES

The main steps of méthode champenoise, or méthode traditionnelle, are:

  • Pressing
  • Blending
  • Second Alcoholic Fermentation
  • Sur Lie Aging
  • Riddling
  • Dégorgement
  • Dosage
  • Recorking

 

 
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Additional Tastings

Focus on tastings that illustrate the influence of winemaking on the flavors, body and character of wines. These flights consider the effects of winemaking factors such as harvest timing, blending and aging.

To get the most out of these examples, the wines should be approximately the same age (except for wines in...

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