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Wine Making from Grapes

Many grapes for wines are grown on hills as they’re typically protected from frost there. At the same time, water won’t pool on a hill and drains away, keeping grapes safe from rot or over-watering. If you plan to make your own wine, plant your grapes on a hill which faces south.

Keep in mind that the color of the wine is not always the same as color of the grapes that are used to make it. The color results from the process of wine making and it is the skin of the grape used in the process that gives an individual wine its final color.

Tour the areas in which the wines are produced. To really appreciate the ways different grapes taste, you should see them harvested. This will help give you the right understanding, and the right language, to explain these distinctive tastes and aromas to others. On top of that, the trip itself will be exquisite.

A wine’s vintage is determined by the year the grapes were picked. That means that a 2009 wine has grapes that were harvested that year. They’re aged and fermented in barrels until they’ve been bottled and sold. The actual wine might not have hit the shelf until perhaps 2011 or maybe even 2012.

What is a wine which comes from a late harvest? Just that! The grapes were allowed to ripen fully on the vine, typically allowing them to fall prey to a dehydrating mold which causes them to be very sweet. These wines are high in alcohol and sugar, leading to a sweet, strong flavor which you can easily enjoy.

Riesling wines are made from white grapes and offer consumers a mouth full of delicate floral wine with hints of peach, honey or apricot. This wine pairs perfectly with seafood and chicken. Or, if you prefer, you can serve this delicate wine alongside an assortment of cheeses or desserts.

When you first get a glass of wine, look at its color. This will tell you all about what the wine will taste like. Aged white wine gets darker and stronger. Aged red wine actually fades in color. How the wine has been aged and which grapes were used will also affect the color.

This may not always be true, but in some cases wines that contained mixed grapes, often suffer in taste as well as quality. Sometimes grapes for a particular vintage may become mixed with other grapes to ensure the supply. However, the quality of these grapes may not always be equal to the proper counterparts.

This quick education in wine should have enlightened you greatly. Only experts have provided their input in this article, so you can trust what you’ve read here. Take this new-found knowledge and turn it into confidence as you trek out to buy a bottle for yourself, a friend or another event.

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