My Take on Wine
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I continue reading the book “The Wine Bible’, and within it I find such information that has really increased my understanding of wine. I always thought that wine was disgusting and couldn’t understand why anyone would want to drink alcoholic grape juice. Over the years though I have begun to enjoy the tastes starting with sweeter Moscato’s and easing myself in more flavorful wines such as Rieslings and Zinfandels. Being only 23 years old I haven’t developed a taste for wine just yet, but it really is a great concept to learn and the history is so rich dating back to the stone age. Wine is also a fermented process which has been a big discussion among all cooking industry professionals.
Understanding What is wine?
Wine is the outcome of the process which a grape taken from a vineyard is then fermented with yeast. The yeast breaks down the sugar inside the grape and the outcome of that breakdown process is alcohol. Sometimes when the fermenting process is complete the yeast hasn’t actually broken down all the sugar that is inside the grape and that sugar is then considered Residual Sugar.
That residual sugar is than present inside the final product and will actually make the wine sweeter, not so much as your favorite soda or energy drink, the wine has to contain at least 4.5% residual sugar to be considered a dessert wine classified by the European union any less and that would be the type of wine to be best served with dinner because sweetness actually kills appetite.
Below are going to be a few wines I personally liked and recommend you try!
The yeast in wines will continue producing alcohol if under checked and that’s when you will start to have a more rubbing alcohol type wine, bringing the wines alcohol content up higher towards say 15%, these types of wines with higher alcohol content are not considered an elegant dinner wine. or otherwise called grape flavored vodka.
Tannin is actually the cause of the bitterness in wine, that has always been my deterrent when drinking wines because I am not into very bitter things. The skin of the grape actually helps determine the amount of tannin present in the wine. Red wines are fermented with their skins still attached and white wines are not. Also, as the grape starts to ripen the inner seeds will begin to turn a nutty brown color which is also a determination in the amount of tannin present.
I hope reading this information about wine has increased your understanding of wine a little if you didn’t know anything before like me!
What are some of the wines you would recommend that would help develop a good palette?
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