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A Traveler's Guide to the Turamzzyrian Empire
Turamzzyrian Wines

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The Turamzzyrian Empire has numerous mild coastal regions that are rich in vineyards and fine wines. While each of these regions are capable of producing several varietals, they have become famous for one or two specialties.

The Aldora riesling wines are known for their floral perfume. Depending on where they're made, they can be crisp and bone-dry, full-bodied and spicy or luscious and sweet. The small, white wine grape flourishes in the hot, harsh climate of Aldora and vineyards struggle to expand production, using every bit of rocky, barren hillscape they can find with sufficient soil for rootings.

The silvery, effervescent champagne from Aldora is a result of tenacious efforts of a small group of vintners. Though the grapes seem to prefer the dry, warm climate compared to the cooler, damp weather of several other regions, finding patches of land sheltered from the extremes has proven difficult. This contributes to the pricey cost of the bubbly wine, as well as the limited quantity each harvest. In addition to its pale, silvery color, the champagne is also of the dry variety.

The Selanthia marsanne is a rich white wine imbued with an undertone resembling pears, citrus and nuts. Light in both color and feel on the tongue, this delightful dry wine is meant to compliment foods instead of overshadow them. The verdant farmland of Selanthia, blessed with cool, moist fog along the coast during the evening, makes an ideal growing zone for this delicate grape.

The Selanthia merlot is a red wine with medium to full body and herbaceous flavors. Typically softer in taste than other dry red wines, merlot can be bottled as a stand-alone wine, or blended with other red wines to create more complex varities. The foothills of Selanthia are often terraced with the vineyards that produce this wine, the lush green rows contrasting against the golden summer fields.

Chastonia claret is a light, red wine, created from a blend of local Chastonia grapes and small percentages of neighboring regional red wines, giving this soft but complex wine its unique flavor. Redolent of berry with a touch of oak and grass, the claret reflects the temperate climate that envelops the area and nourishes the vines.

Chastonia also produces a light and sweet blush wine, which gets its rosy color from a very short period of contact with the grape skins during the wine-making process. The temperate farmland of Chastonia has helped the region create a niche market for blush wines, especially with the sheltering mountains to the west, containing the area's micro-climate.

The vineyards of Estoria provide hardy grapes that produce a quality table wine for every-day use each harvest. Without quite the finesse and polish of its pricey cousins produced in other territories, the burgundy remains a local favorite. Often served with mid-day and evening meals and during festivals, the wine is particularly popular for the blessing of the fleet as the fishing season begins, and the harvesting and crushing of the grapes themselves.

The syrah grapes of Allace can produce monumental red wines with strong tannins and complex combinations of flavors including berry, plum and smoke. It makes tannic, age-worthy wines easily identified by a very characteristic floral, black pepper fragrance. Using the labor-intensive delestage, or rack-and-return method of fermenting and development, the wine develops slowly and spends a long time aging in oak barrels after delestage. Cool summer weather, often a hazard for fertile vineyards near the Allace coastline, can ruin an entire harvest or produce a winning crop.

The Allacian white muscat grape produces spicy, floral wines that often do something most other wines don't: they actually taste like grapes. Muscats can range from very dry and fresh, to sweet and syrupy. The deep golden hue of the Allace varietal distinguishes it from most white wines produced in the Imperial territories. Usually savored alone or with dessert, the perfect blend of undertones can be attributed to the close proximity to the coastline, where the damp night air lengthens the growing season.

From Vornavis comes a dark mourverde, a pleasant medium-weight wine with cherry and berry flavors. Offering earthy aromas and a pleasing palate, this luscious grape produces a good drinking wine from the rolling vineyard-striped hills of Vornavis. A reserve vintage sits in oaken barrels in the wine cellar of Baron Malwind, and is sometimes served at special celebrations.

The Vornavis chardonnay is a white wine that can range from clean and crisp with a hint of varietal flavor to rich and complex oak-aged wines. Chardonnay typically balances fruit, acidity and texture. Winegrowers in Vornavis often keep the chardonnay vines to the more level farmland areas, unlike the mourvedre vines which prefer hilly locations.

Oire grenache is a red wine with a fruity, spicy, medium body and evident tannins, that can stand up to accompanying heavy, rich foods and meats. The often rough terrain along the coast of Oire provides a challenging location for the vines, creating a flavorful grape. The hearty, peppery wine can be blended with white wine grapes, to produce a dry blush wine for lighter fare.

Often growing side by side with the grenache vineyards, Oire's production of muscat grapes creates a quality port with cherry undertones and a slight chocolatey aroma. Often served to compliment complex desserts that can stand up to the full-bodied wine, the dark port has a beautiful, brilliant ruby hue when held up to the light. Whether sipped alone or used in a sauce, this treasured port can often be found in good quantity, while other vintages aged for a good many years cost a pretty sum.




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