Originally from France, Malbec found its perfect home, its perfect terroir in the dry Argentine climate. Its booming popularity has swept through the US and the world, reviving a varietal that has been nearly lost. Documenting how an inexpensive blend originally only intended for local demand rose to become an international star.
Traces developments from very ancient times to the present in man's control of the fermenting of grape juice. Mentions some of the technological advances and persons who had significant influences in wine making.
The Cultivated Life
This program explores Thomas Jefferson's love of fine wines and his efforts to introduce the wine culture to the United States.
A tale of two intertwined stories: the Virginia wine industry's rise from humble beginnings and the creation of the state's 2008 vintage. Explores the factors that make Virginia unique amongst the wine producing regions of the United States and why, two hundred years after Thomas Jefferson's attempts to cultivate grapes at Monticello, the region is flourishing as a producer of quality wine.
Explore the technical side and changing world of wine. Visit wineries, the worlds' most historic wine cellar and the oldest restaurant in Paris. Marvel at widespread global production and consumption that were unthinkable just twenty years ago. And learn how aerial imaging and infrared photography once used by NASA to map the moon is now employed by wineries to analyze soil, vine vigor, and even disease.