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Explore 12 Wines! Upon arrival, grab a glass and mingle around our space with yourself or some friends, tasting 12 new wines!
This time around, we will be exploring Old World vs. New World Wines! Exciting, right?!
Wine can be overwhelming because there are just so many options. We often get questions at ko-ze to recommend a wine, usually along the lines of “I like reds, pick me something.” This invariably leads to follow-up questions from me: do you want something fruit-forward or earthy? Something to pair with dinner or just to enjoy on its own? The questions can go on and on because there are nearly infinite nuances. So, it may be helpful for “beginners” to think of wines in terms of Old World vs. New World.
Old and New World designations reference countries in which the wine is made. “Old World” wines refer to wines from the countries that originated winemaking itself – France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal – countries that have been making wine for thousands of years. These countries modernized winemaking and influenced the rest of the world.
Old World wines have some distinguishing characteristics. Generally, the growing region in these countries is cooler, which leads to lower alcohol content and higher acidity. Old World wines tend to have more minerality and less fruit than New World wines. The higher acidity in Old World wines helps to stimulate your palate, making them ideal for pairing with food.
“New World” refers to areas that “borrowed” winemaking techniques from the Old World. For example, North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand. New World growing regions often have warmer climates, leading to higher alcohol content, lower acidity, and more fruit. Think of a California Zinfandel, for example, which is usually higher in alcohol and very fruit-forward.
Just reading about new vs old world wines isn’t nearly as much fun as drinking them, so we decided to make this the focal point of this fun tasting. See if you can taste the difference!
Upon arrival, you will be given a tasting glass and a tasting sheet of the wines we will be featuring. Make your way around the room, enjoying each of the 12 producers we will feature, learning a bit about each one from our talented wine experts.