To get started with, what exactly is wine? What is it made of? Is it really just some kind of grape juice? We are here to answer all your questions.
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made primarily from fermented grapes. It is said to have originated in Georgia, which is known as the “cradle of wine.” Yes, it is made from grapes in some ways, but that is the only similarity between wine and grape juice.
If you’re new to wine tasting or just want to learn more about it, here’s a list of the most common wines to look for and try.
Red wine is the most widely available type of wine. It’s created with dark-colored grapes, as well as their skins, seeds, and stems. Its colour ranges from deep violet, which is indicative of young wines, to brick red, which is typical of mature wines, and brown, which is typical of older red wines. As these grapes are high in tannins, the wine will have a bitter aftertaste. Not a fan of bitter tasting red wine? Choose a red wine that is older and store it below room temperature. Serve it with red meat, pizza, or pasta and it will be a fantastic match.
White wine, which can be traced back to Iran and Greece, has been produced for a very long time. Only the clear juice, which has fewer tannins, is used, which is made up of both black and white grapes without their skins. As a result, the wine is less bitter. Its acidic nature keeps its freshness and sharp flavours, making it perfect for pairing with light meats like chicken or seafood, as well as other snacks.
The history of rosé wine may be traced all the way back to ancient Greece. These are made from black grapes that have been fermented for a shorter period of time, resulting in a pale wine that produces a lovely blush or pink colour. This, like white wine, contains fewer tannins, giving it a sweeter flavour. This refreshing drink goes well with a variety of appetisers, including fish and poultry.
Sparkling wine has been produced in Central and Eastern Europe since the early 1800s and is noted for its bubbly nature. Also referred to as ‘champagne’, It’s prepared from both black and white grapes, as well as carbon dioxide, which is a natural by-product of the fermentation process. It’s a terrific pick for a celebration, by serving it in tall glasses to retain the bubbles.
For the most part, fortified wine comes from Europe. When compared to the others on the list, these have a higher alcohol level. These wines are prepared by adding other types of wine, particularly brandy to the fermenting process to give it a sweet flavour. Because of their sweet flavour, these wines are often known as dessert wines. It can be eaten with sweets or desserts, or it can be used in baking.