Warm climates are making some super hot wines!
So a lot of your wine geek friends are talking about cool climate wines right now. We get it, they make some awesome wines, especially when it comes to more delicate grapes like Riesling, or Pinot Noir. But nobody has been talking about wines coming from the warmer climates, the hot climates. There are reasons that places like California, South Africa, and the Mediterranean are pumping out such amazing wines, because there warmer climates are making for some killer wines that are full of energy and fun vibes. Its time to give hot climate wines a closer look.
What are warm climate wines?
A wine coming from places like South Africa, California, and Argentina are considered warm climate wines. These are climates where the average temperature during growing season is a balmy 60 degrees Fahrenheit or above. These prolonged periods in warmer weather have a resounding effect on how the grape will ripen over the course of the season, and the characteristics that it takes on.
How are warm climate wines different to cooler climate wines?
Warm climate wines tend to be a lot fruitier in their flavors than their cooler climate cousins, while cooler climate wines tend to take on a lot more mineral, or earth-like tastes. The wines burst with flavors of stone fruits and berries. You'll see a lot of people calling them "jammy" like they resemble some of the preserves your grandmother puts on her scones. Sure, why not.
A great way to tell the difference between a warm climate wine and a cool climate wine is to try two wines made from the same type of grape but grown in the different climates. Take Cabernet Sauvignon for example. One of the most popular grape varieties in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon can produce exceptional wines in both climates, and the differences are stark. Cabernets from the warm climate of the Napa are legendary for the powerful, heavier, bolder, fruit-forward style. When you head up North to Washington the wines are a little less full-bodied, even borderline medium-bodied, with more herbaceous and earthy flavors. Is either wine better than the other? Only you can be the judge as to which you prefer, but we think you'll find that livelier occasions, ie balling out with your boss over a fat payday, warrant the Napa Cab while a night out with your bestie will pair well with the cooler Washington Cab.
Why are warm climate wines so hot?
While so many winos fawn over cool climate wines, and with due reason, warm climate wines are a whole different beast. A very sexy beast in fact. They are full of flavors we tend to associate with passion, diversion, and joyfulness in our lives which make them great wines for parties and get-togethers. The warm climates bleed into the grapes, as does the culture of the people, where the focus is on enjoying life and living it to the fullest. You look at the places where warm climate wines come from, places like California, Spain, Southern Italy, Australia, and Argentina, and you see incredibly vibrant cultures where people dance, drink, and make awesome food. These are the places where people live their lives in the sun, and so do the grapes, and they all just want to have a good time. In a nutshell, warm climate wines are for when you want to have a good time.