Wine: Bottled Complexities – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Bottled Complexities 4 (click to open PDF version)

Wine is an amazingly complex subject.   And in it’s complexity is both a good thing and yet unfortunately makes for confusion as well.  I have been wanting to create, for some time, a diagram depicting the major categories: fundamental wine distinction, producer, regulation, off-premise, on-premise, etc.  and fine points.   When applying this to a diagram I tried several configurations and found that this very large subject is a hard one to depict and further categorization wouldn’t simplified this diagram or if was simplified it would not be helpful.

Wine is complex for many reasons; those that are obvious like varietal, appellation to the less known such as regulation and business of wine.

A common question I get is “why isn’t wine X available at my local wine merchant”   And this diagram does go to explain why in one year the wine you enjoy is plentiful and well-priced; then the next year it is available but at a much higher price point.  Unlike beer or spirits wine has so many circumstances and variables that makes each year different.

I hope this is helpful to view at some level for those interesting in know what makes wine complex.


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About James Melendez

I have two blogs on this descriptor page--I use to be able to make separate. My fragrance blog is to express my thoughts on fragrance. A passion in addition to wine. I think it is a stellar component to the senses and that which I am in love with. I hope you like both blogs. My "wine" blog also incorporates those categories intimately involved - wine, food, travel and lifestyle. We all need food and water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz.. for my red wines. And I often circle back to these varieties and sometimes they are my home varieties. The journey of wine is an historical footnote also marked by viti-viniculture and artistry that makes this beverage a living one. I have worked professionally in the wine trade and have loved all aspects; marketing, history, science and art of wine. © 2014 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.
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