4 Things I Learned Watching Uncorked on Netflix

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1. The Label Tells All

The label on a wine bottle tells you everything about the wine inside. It is divided into five parts. The producer’s name, the region it is from, the varietal, the vintage (year grapes were pulled), and the alcohol level.

2. The Meaning of “Grand Cru”

Wines designated as Grand Cru means they are the most superior grade of wine.

3. There’s Old World and New World Wines? Who Knew? Not Me.

Apparently, most wines fall into these two categories.  The movie didn’t dive deep into which qualified a wine to be designated old or new world, but a quick Google search explained that “Old World” wines refer to those from the traditional wine growing regions of Europe, while “New World” refer to everywhere else.

“These distinctions can also refer to differences in style. The climates of New World wine regions are often warmer, which tends to result in riper, more alcoholic, full-bodied and fruit-centered wines. These wines are often made in a more highly extracted and oak-influenced style. Old World wines tend to be lighter-bodied, exhibiting more herb, earth, mineral and floral components. While these are gross generalizations, that’s how these terms are commonly used.

These days, the terms “Old World” and “New World” can take on even broader connotations and spark debates among wine lovers, usually about tradition vs. modernization. “Old World” implies tradition, history, and an “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” mentality, while the term “New World” invokes technology, science, corporations and marketing.” (Wine Spectator)

4. Sommelier School is Hard AF!

The movie made it clear that the Master Sommelier exam is hard. Those who have passed have had to take the test more than once. Elijah’s mentor and boss at the local spirits store, Raymond, stated he took the test three times. This article tells of personal accounts on just how tough it really is. Whew!


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