Cheers - Wine Is Easy

By Marcela Rienzo


Andrea Inés Canevaro

Managing Editor

About the book:

Cheers was written to leave prejudice behind and forget about complicated words and ratings. I can’t believe someone had the terrible idea of convincing us that we had to understand a series of complex terms to be able to enjoy a glass of wine. Don’t you ever be afraid to try something, or to speak about your likes and dislikes. Wine is too wonderful a thing to be associated with fear.

Being a professional in this industry, I have to study, do research, and learn all the time, but you don’t need to be pundits to drink a glass of wine—all you have to do is enjoy and (hopefully!) make wine a forever companion.


What’s wine?

Wine is fermented grape juice. That’s easy, right? The yeast “eats” the sugars in the must, and transforms them into alcohol.

There you are—wine.

Every step of the process can be done in thousands of ways, and it is these differences that define each wine’s personality.

Let’s take some variables: what the vineyard is like; how each plant is pruned and watered; how and when grapes are harvested; what kind of yeasts are used (whether they’re native to the vineyard or specially selected); how long wine is kept in the vessels; whether the fermentation is done in wood or steel; how big the barrels for fermentation are; how many times these barrels were used; and the list goes on.

Thanks to these variables, all bottles are unique and unrepeatable. Because wines are just like people—each is one of a kind. Every harvest, winemakers aim at producing the best wine possible from their vineyards, while following their own styles, without losing sight of two facts: wine is a natural product, and nature always makes the rules.


Translated by Mariel Kozynski Waserman - Edited by María del Carmen Propato