Wine: Bottled Complexities – James Melendez

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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I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 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, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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