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Water and Wine

You’ve probably noticed if you’re hiking in the woods in the summer heat and you come close to a stream that the temperature drops and it’s more pleasant near the stream. The opposite is true on cool days, that the stream actually makes it feel warmer. Wine makers have known this since they started making wine. Besides being a great form of transportation for moving wine around, rivers help to moderate the temperature of the area through which they run. This allows for a more consistent, constant and importantly, longer growing season. In warm areas, grapes can quickly attain high sugar levels before they’ve developed a deep, interesting fruit flavor. If you were to allow grapes to get too sweet while waiting for the flavors of the grapes to develop, you would end up with either very alcoholic wine or sweet wine. Having vineyards near rivers and other large bodies of water allow for a longer ripening time to reach sugar ripeness, allowing the flavors of the particular grape variety enough time to develop before the sugar levels get too high to make interesting wine.

That is one of the reasons why many of the world’s wine regions are based around large bodies of water.

Andy Chabot, Food and Beverage Director