The WS wine of the day today (May 14) is De Trafford Shiraz Stellenbosch 2001. The tasting notes refer to "pure, modern plum." What the heck is "modern plum?"
Originally posted by cluricaunwines:
Would this be a post modern plum post?
Haggis- I have no idea.
Originally posted by haggis:
Spenser: tasting like "modern plum" vs. "a modern style with plum flavors" seem like two different things to me. "Modern" is modifying plum. Maybe you're right, and it's just bad syntax... or is that sin tax?
A member of the rose family, the plum is related to the peach and the nectarine, all of which are stone fruit or botanically speaking, drupes, that is, fruit with soft flesh surrounding a seed and covered with skin. The plum’s genealogy can be traced along two lines. The common European plum such as the blue plum or the prune plum (and including the Damson plum named for the city of Damascus) can be traced to the Caucasus region between the Caspian and Black Seas before the time of Christ. These plums then spread to the Mediterranean and the rest of Europe.
The Japanese plum had its origins in China, also more than 2000 years ago. The Chinese considered the wild plum a delicacy, but this Asian plum did not fully develop until it found a home in Japan some 300 years ago. In the 19th century, when the Japanese began immigrating to the United States and settling in California, they brought their plums with them.
There are also native American plums, none of which are significant commercially. Perhaps the most familiar one is the sloe which goes into the production of sloe gin, a distilled spirit popular in the 50s and early 60s, especially for coming-of-age drinkers. A small beach or maritime plum may also be found occasionally in the fall.
Luther Burbank, the famous American plant breeder, purchased some plum trees in Japan in the late 1800s. As a result of experiments he performed near his home in Santa Rosa, California, a number of modern plum varieties were developed, most notably the Santa Rosa plum. Today, over 200 varieties of plums are raised in California.
Originally posted by cometspider:
Which still leads to the question, "How does modern plum flavor differ from regular plum flavor?" Are moderm plums more ripe, fleshy, etc?