China Has More Vineyards Than France!

New data has shown the Ideal Wine Company that China has now displaced France to become the country with the second largest vineyard area in the world.

The rise of Chinese wine

Once upon a time, China wouldn’t have even been a blip on the Ideal Wine Company’s radar. The People’s Republic never used to have much of a taste for wine. However, people across the one billion-plus strong nation are starting to develop a liking for our favourite tipple.

In 2013 China became the biggest market on the planet for red wine consumption, according to the Guardian. Furthermore, the emerging global superpower is evolving into an up and coming wine maker. The BBC reported that China was the eighth largest producer of wine in the world, as of 2013, and is predicted to become the largest by 2016.

China becomes second largest vineyard area in the world

New statistics from The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IOVW) suggest that the People’s Republic is now well and truly on its way to becoming the largest wine producer on the planet. The IOVW has said that the Asian nation now has 799,000 hectares of land devoted to vineyards.

This makes China the second largest country on the planet in terms of land devoted to grape growing. The People’s Republic still trails Spain, which devotes 1.92 million hectares to vineyards but it did edge out France, a nation which is often regarded as the best wine producer in the world. Many of the Ideal Wine Company’s finest vintages come from France, especially Bordeaux.

China has a lot of potential

The amazing thing about the IOVW’s latest report is that it shows that wine production growth is far from over in the People’s Republic. It has the potential to eclipse Spain.

The report showed that the world’s largest growing economy accounted for a staggering 11% of global territory given over to vineyards in the past year. This is a meteoric rise from 4% in the year 2000. The sheer size of the country suggests that China has a lot more land it can devote to grape production.

One to watch

These figures show that China is the one to watch in terms of wine production. It already has more vineyards than France. At the Ideal Wine Company we truly believe that it won’t be long before they have more vineyards than Spain. China is making its mark on the world of viticulture and is evolving itself into a true wine superpower on the global stage.

What is Vinotherapy?

The Ideal Wine Company asks: what is vinotherapy?

Have you heard the term ‘vinotherapy’ bandied around at your favourite spa? If so, the Ideal Wine Company is about to slake your curiosity, as we explain how this radical beauty treatment uses wine to make your skin glow.

Drinking wine is good for you (in moderation)

Any reader of the Ideal Wine Company blog knows that wine is good for you. The old adage that you should drink two glasses of red wine a day has a ring of truth to it.

Red wine contains an antioxidant called resveratrol. This has a number of health benefits. This means that if you drink red wine in moderation it can, according to various studies, be better for your health than the gym and improve mental health.

Vinotherapy

You can reap these benefits by drinking wine, but did you know that increasingly, spas and beauty treatment centres around the world and pouring wine over peoples’ skin as well?

This is known as Vinotherapy. This is a beauty therapy process where the residue of wine making, the pips and the pulp of the grapes, are rubbed into your skin. A typical vinotherapy treatment often involves a bath filled with hot red wine and strategically placed jets that are designed to boost circulation.

Why is red wine good for your skin?

Vinotherapy style techniques are utilised by The Allison Inn and Spa in the US state of Oregon. Tara Carlton, the director of this chic 5 star spa, recently explained why wine has the ability to make your skin glow.

Carlton was quoted by Yahoo Beauty explaining that “most people don’t understand the level of antioxidants within the grape skin and seed.” She went on to note that “when antioxidants called polyphenols get absorbed into the skin, they keep skin cells healthier, by helping them produce more collagen.”

Try vinotherapy with a bottle of the Ideal Wine Company’s finest!

In other words vinotherapy utilises the natural properties of wine to provide your skin with a fresh, healthy looking glow. If you want to try this amazing beauty treatment for yourself why not give it a go with several bottles of the Ideal Wine Company’s finest! If that doesn’t work, you can always drink them instead!

Ideal Wine Company Review the Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007

The Ideal Wine Company review the Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007.

Are you a wine enthusiast living on a shoe-string budget? If so, we have just the thing for you. This week, the Ideal Wine Company review the Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007.

Wine-making in Bordeaux

We strive to bring you some of the finest vintages the world has to offer. As such, the Ideal Wine Company features a range of fabulous French wines on our product list.

France and wine go together like a horse and carriage. France is the wine making capital of the world. The French have been making wine since the Roman era, and as the world has speeded towards modernity, their vintages have only gotten better. Today, France boasts some of the most famous wine-making regions in the world including Champagne, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux.

Bordeaux is a city in the south-west of France. The city and its surrounding valleys are known for producing some of the finest red wines in existence, yet they also produce a fantastic array of sweet white wines. The region’s enviable weather and temperate climate lends wine-makers in Bordeaux the ability to produce world-class Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Petit-Verdot, Malbec, Semillon and Carménère grapes, among others.

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2007

Bordeaux is the home of the Pauillac wine-making region. Located on the left-bank of the Gironde estuary, Pauillac produces first-rate Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet-Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec grapes. Some of the most amazing reds in all of Bordeaux are made in Pauillac.

One of these reds is the Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2007, which you can buy from the Ideal Wine Company. Grand-Puy-Lacoste wines are produced on a 90 hectare estate a few kilometres west of the town of Pauillac. Composed of Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, Grand-Puy-Lacoste wines have heady aromas, rich blackcurrant and cassis fruity flavours and velvety textures.

The 2007 is a particularly stunning vintage. Open this bottle and you’ll immediately be greeted with delightful scents of raspberry and blackberry. Take a sip and your palate won’t know what hit it. The Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007 boasts rich tones of black cherry fruit with subtle hints of cedar to create a wine drinking experience you’ll never forget.

How much for the Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007?

Why is this the wine for you if you’re living on a shoe-string budget? You’d expect a vintage of this calibre to go for what, £100, £200? You can buy the Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007 from the Ideal Wine Company for as little as £42, including VAT!

Keep an eye out on for more reviews from the Ideal Wine Company on our blog. 

 

 

What Does Vintage Wine Mean?

Have you ever wondered what somebody’s saying when they utter the phrase ‘it’s a good vintage?’ If so, stay right here as the Ideal Wine Company asks; what does vintage wine mean?

A question the Ideal Wine Company always gets asked

The Ideal Wine Company is a firm which strives to supply you with stellar fine wines from wine making regions throughout the world at prices you’re destined to like. We’re experts when it comes to the luxury wine industry.

As experts there are several questions every new comer to the world of fine wine asks us when we first meet them. One of them is nearly always ‘what does vintage mean?’ It’s a fair question, the word has been bandied around the wine making world so much at this point that it’s practically part of the vernacular. We use it quite a bit ourselves.

The definition of vintage and non-vintage wine

As such people seem to think that it refers exclusively to a fine wine. A wine of quality. This isn’t the case. The word vintage simply refers to the year the grapes used for a particular bottle of wine were harvested. For example the Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1989 that you can get from the Ideal Wine Company is a 1989 vintage because it’s comprised of grapes that were harvested in the year 1989.

In contrast a non-vintage wine is exactly that. More specifically, it’s a wine that’s comprised of a blend of various vintage wines. Interestingly some wines in Europe are forced to label their bottles as ‘non-vintage’ because the grapes they use aren’t authorised for the region or country in question. Think Champagne and the rules around its production and you’ll understand what we mean.

A lot of champagnes aren’t vintages

Speaking of champagne, you’ll be interested to note that a lot of champagnes aren’t vintages. They’re in fact a blend of vintages, like non-vintage wine.

This allows champagne houses to uphold a consistent style from year-to-year, no matter what the weather does to their crop. Yet there are some champagnes, higher classes of champagnes, which continue to operate as vintages. The Dom Perignon Brut 1993 and the Louis Roederer Cristal, both available from the Ideal Wine Company, are examples of vintage champagne.

Some of the best wines are vintage

Therefore there’s no great secret behind the word ‘vintage.’ It just refers to the year that the grapes that compose bottle of wine were produced in. Yet our experience has shown us that some of the best wines, those destined to set your taste buds alight, are vintage wines.

 

 

 

 

How Do You Store Opened Champagne?

We’re going to tackle a question that has plagued wine enthusiasts since the dawn of time here on the Ideal Wine Company blog right now. How do you store opened champagne?

It’s cool to drink champagne again!

Have you heard the news yet? According to the Telegraph, sales of champagne in high end establishments rose 45% over the course of 2014.

In other words it’s cool to drink champagne again (as if it ever wasn’t)! If you want to break out in celebration by buying a bottle of the world’s most luxurious drink let the Ideal Wine Company lend you a helping hand. We have a range of decadent champagnes including Krugs, Dom Perignons and even Cristals you can purchase for a reasonable price.

Should you just put the cork back in?

Yet the minute you open that bottle you may find yourself presented with a conundrum. You don’t want to drink the entire bottle now, you want to savour it and put some aside for later. This leads us to ask; how do you store a bottle of champagne when it’s already been opened?

Most people would think it’s pretty simple. Just put the cork back in and pop it in the fridge. Yes, you should pop it back in you fridge but should you really be putting the cork back in? No; the pressure from the carbonation may force the cork out making the whole thing pointless!

The proper way to store an opened bottle of champagne

So how do you store an opened bottle of champagne? You need to focus on keeping the bubbles nice and chilled so the vintage doesn’t fall flat.

Invest in a stainless steel champagne stopper. Yes, you really can get them. Buy a stainless steel champagne stopper and not only will it prove strong enough to hold, the metal will act as a thermal conductor so once you put your bottle in the fridge, the bubbles will remain pleasantly chilly.

Get the most out of your champagne

There you have it. If you want to store a bottle of opened champagne just invest in a stainless steel champagne stopper. That investment will give you everything you need to ensure the bubbles don’t fall flat so you can get the most out of your decadent champagne of choice from the Ideal Wine Company!