The Wine Forger’s Handbook: A Brief History of Wine Forgery ( CHAPTER TWO)
From deep in the heart of America comes a spirit that is quietly winning over the world. Spicy and sweet caramel and vanilla notes, a smooth palate. Then a flash of heat as you swallow, and you know you’re experiencing the characteristic “Kentucky Hug” – the lingering heat from the original American whiskey that is called Bourbon.
Spoiler alert. This column is not for the squeamish. It’s about the weirdest alcoholic beverages on the planet. Are you bored with Chardonnay? Fed up with Cabernet? Is your palate so jaded you’re looking for a new taste experience?
The astronomical increase in value of both fine art and fine wine, even in times of economic recession, prompts investors and entrepreneurs, legitimate and illicit alike. The surge in demand for fine wine over the last decade, particularly in Asia, has motivated fraudsters.
The use of oak in wineries is a vast and never ending topic. In order to tackle it, three different cases will be analyzed: that of an inexpensive blended red wine, that of a premium quality white Burgundy and finally that of a chateau bottled Bordeaux.