Saturday, December 31, 2011

Champagne from black grapes?

Pinot Meunier
Vitis vinifera (Pinot Noir grapes)
Much of the champagne drunk tonight will have been made not from white grapes, but actually from black grapes of the Pinot Noir and Pinot Mernier varieties, grapes usually associated with deep red wines. Black grapes like Pinot Noir have a white flesh, which under the correct harvest and production conditions yield a light colored juice. This juice is fermented in the bottle to produce the bubble drink many of us will consume tonight. Happy New Year!


  1. Great stuff, question will your book be readable by simple souls like me?

  2. Thanks Paul! My book is definitely intended also for simple (and not so simple) souls like you. I'll be posting a sample chapter closer to publication.