Gimme Shelter – A Story of Weather and Wine
The song “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones was about the growing tension in the United States during the height of the Vietnam War. The longer the war went on, the more popular the song became while support for the conflict decreased. It felt like Mick Jagger was almost pleading for someone or something to stop the fighting. Today, it seems as if the song is used as the soundtrack for anything and everything in advertising, games, shows, movies, or even news stories that is (or is just perceived to be) apocalyptic.
It’s a favorite song of mine, and while listening to it recently during a particularly long study session it struck me that without the shelters provided by Mother Nature and ingeniously used by savvy winemakers, we would have no wine in those regions at all. Though a lack of wine is hardly as serious as war or devastating as, oh, an apocalypse for example, it would still be a pretty sad affair for wine lovers and bummer for the economy in those now vineyard-less areas.
Shelters such as mountains, forests, and even fog are integral parts of the wine-growing process, each working to protect or prevent inclement weather from damaging grapes. Where the wine is situated is just as important as the actual production or recipe from the wine-making team. If something were to happen to these shelters, the grapes in that location would be severely damaged or even obliterated, to the point that the winery must either replant, relocate, or shut up shop for good.
Check out the video above for an in-depth look at how natural shelters protect some of the world’s yummiest wine.
Try These Weather-Resistant Wines
Here are the five wines, paired with the geographical elements that save them from storm after storm.
Shelter: Vosges Mountains, Alsace, France
Trimbach Riesling, 2013 – $23 BUY ME
Shelter: Landes Forest, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Palmer Alter Ego, 2014 – $58 BUY ME
Shelter: The Andes Mountains, Chile
Los Vascos Le Dix, 2012 – $56 BUY ME
Shelter: Te Ara Mountains, New Zealand
Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 – $25 BUY ME
Shelter: Petaluma Gap, Sonoma, United States
Keller Estate La Cruz Pinot Noir, 2013 – $43 BUY ME
Last but not least, The Rolling Stones performance of “Gimme Shelter” Enjoy!
Mario Luna is a Certified Sommelier and owner of Mario Luna Somm, a company that produces online wine courses, blogs, and other user-friendly content that makes wine education simple, accessible, and above all, entertaining! He lives in Las Vegas where, in addition to working on the famous Las Vegas Strip, he serves as a consultant for large-scale wine events, specialty shops, and all kinds of wine tastings. You can contact Mario through mariolunasomm.com or kick of your wine education with one of his online wine courses.