What Makes a Great Wine?

On January 20th at 5:30 pm, forty Howard County bloggers and blog readers will meet at the Second Chance Saloon in Columbia, MD. Hocoblogs.com sponsors the gathering. Hocoblogs.com has a list of many blogs originating in Howard County. The event is co-hosted by 53 Beers on Tap and Computer Blues.

Since this blog is dedicated to the journey of winemaking, I was interested in looking at the wine list at Second Chance Saloon. Their website’s menu lists appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, plates and beer. No mention of wine though. My first thought however is the saying that “it takes a lot of beer to make a good wine.” Winemakers frequently mention this quote. Perhaps winemakers enjoy beer while working 16-hour days during the initial winemaking process. Those days the work is hard and often the temperatures are warm to hot. A cold beer sounds great.

Other winemakers are quick to point out that “wine is made in the vineyard.” That leads to pondering if a great wine is made in a vineyard or a result of consuming some quantity of beer. What are your thoughts?


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