October 8, 2018

How’d we get to the New World?

There is a great stylistic divide in the world of wine between the Old World and the New World. The distinction is drawn between places, but not necessarily bound by place. The difference is between styles of wine, and between understandings of wine’s place in the various cultures. Old World wines tend to be less sweet, more subtle, more prone to ageing, and better suited to classic cuisine. Old World wines are meant to be taken with food, and some are even meant to age for 15 years before they are enjoyable. Wine from the old world occupies an important cultural place, where the old ways are respected, and wine tradition is bigger than any individual label or winemaker. It is a tradition to be respected and ma...

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