Buying and learning about Wine can feel overwhelming but it isn’t as gruesome as it may seem. The exploration of wine can be fascinating and adventurous. So, this month I thought I would walk you through the Wonderful World of Wines.
What is Wine?
Fermented grape juice (and all of its sugar) + Yeast = Alcohol
Wine is prepared by adding yeast to the juice of grapes. Adding the yeast will convert the sugared juice into alcohol. This is called the fermentation process. The yeast comes from the natural fungus that grows on the grape skins. Wine is then added to wooden oak barrels or steel vats for fermentation. (pictured left)
Wines are identified by its grape varietal; such as Tempranillo, or by its region; such as Bordeaux. They come in two colors: Red and White. Pink or Rose’ is considered a secondary hue but not a color itself.
They also come in different styles, such as:
- Still : no bubbles
- Sparkling: contains bubbles
- Dessert: sweet tasting
- Fortified: extra alcohol added
- The price of the wine determines the quality or taste. No, price is due to a number of factors. There are inexpensive wines that taste just as exquisite as the expensive ones.
- Once I buy a bottle of wine I can drink it immediately. No, white wines should be chilled; however, red wines should be served room temperature. Too cold will make the tannins taste bitter and too warm makes it taste like vinegar. Ideally, 65 degrees Fahrenheit is what the experts say.
- I must know everything about wine to truly enjoy it or even buy it. Not at all! Grab a bottle, did you like what you tasted? Take note of what you did like and didn’t like. Next time you go to the wine store, share with the Sommelier or Wine Specialist your notes and ask for suggestions. It’s all trial and error.
Smileys, I hope this put a little ease to the caution of trying wine or trying new wines. Take a big leap into this wonderful world and share with me your exciting adventures! I look forward to sharing more with you. But until next time,
Salu’d, XOXO, Smiling Danny