Some wines can be enjoyed immediately upon release, while others need to be waited for a long time before they can be enjoyed. What makes that certain bottles evolve differently than others? What are the structural elements of the wine that do explain the ageing potential of a wine? Depending on the kind of wine - be it white, red, sparkling or fortified - the answers to the ageing potential of a wine will be different and closely linked to the way the winemaker will vinify.
When most wine-drinkers think of Piedmont, they think of red wines like Barolo, Barbaresco, Ruché and Barbera d’Asti. However, this region -- specifically the area around the city of Asti -- is the home of wonderful Italian sparkling wines made with the local, aromatic white grape Moscato. In fact, Asti is the first region in Italy to produce commercial sparkling wines, over 150 years ago.
Marcus Ford is a wine expert and businessman living in China（Shanghai）for years, who was appointed as WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA (WOSA) Asia Market Manager in Autumn 2018. Here is the interview to him from Fine Wine And Liquor magazine.
This is a short interview by Fine Wine And Liquor magazine with Carlos Tortola, chief economic & commercial counselor of the Embassy of Spain Consulate General (Guangzhou).Fine Wine And Liquor: If you use one word or a sentence to describe Spanish Wines, what is it? Carlos Tortola: I use diversity, tradition and quality to describe Spanish wines.
When having a close look at what is available on the different markets, one might think that every single wine style is available to any consumer profile at any price point. However, when having a closer look at what on the different markets, the answer is not that obvious. Generation X - replacing baby boomers - are increasingly being taken into account along with Millenials as the main wine consumer categories. In order to have a far-reaching approach to availability of wine styles, style has to be considered in a broad manner, including not only wine styles (white, red, sparkling, fortified, sweet) but also wine categories such healthy wines (low or no SO2, low or no alcohol wines), premium and luxury wines and regional wines. Availability will be considered as both physical presence of a wine and affordability by new consumers. Economic, social, health, cultural, sustainability and legal issues do have an influence on the availability of wine to the new consumer demographics.