Wine Tasting – A Preference For Red Or White

For many of us wine is something of a mystery and when we are buying wine it comes down to a simple choice between red and white and what our local supermarket has available in its “special offer” bin. But wine really isn’t such a mystery at all and, in this area at least, a little knowledge can get you a very long way.

The starting point is to understand the different types of wine available and here we can divide wines into five main groups.

1402_25Red Wine :-

Red wine is fermented from what many people would refer to as red grapes but which are in fact more correctly named black grapes. In the case of red wine the grapes are used whole for fermentation, that is to say complete with skin and pips, and it is the skin which gives the wine its red color.

There are a wide variety of black grapes available each with its own distinctive flavor which is derived principally from the soil and climate in the region where the grapes are grown. This, together with the winemaker’s art of mixing, allows us to enjoy a range of red wines from the deep blackcurrant color of the full-bodied and intensely flavored wines produced from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape to the lighter cherry and raspberry taste gained from the Pinot Noir grape.

Rose Wine :-

Rosé wines are again produced from black grapes but, in this case, the juice is separated off part way through the fermentation process and at the point at which the winemaker determines that the juice contains sufficient color to give the finished wine the pink color that he is looking for.

Once again the flavor of the finished wine depends very much on the grape used for fermentation and some of the finest rosé wines are produced from the Grenache grape. Often thought of as a French grape, Grenache noir is the world’s most widely planted grape and probably originates from Spain. As well as often being used to produce rosé wines, it is also commonly used as a base for many blended wines including such well known names as Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhône.

Blush wine :-

Blush wine is sometimes referred to as California’s version of rosé wine and is produced in much the same way as rosé wine. In this case however the grape most often used is the Zinfandal grape which produces a slightly sweet pink wine which also shows a somewhat blue color. The Zinfandal grape originates in Croatia but has been grown widely in the US for more than 150 years now and is considered indigenous to California.

White wine :-

Believe it or not white wine can be made from either white or black grapes, as the juice from either grape is colorless and it is only the skin of the black grape that gives red wine its color.

The flavors available across the range of white wines vary tremendously according to the grape used, the winemaker’s art and the degree to which different juices are blended to create the finished wine.

Dry white wines often come from grapes such as Muscadet or Sauvignon Blanc while richer fruit-flavored wines are more likely to be based upon the Chardonnay grape.

Sparkling wines :-

Sparkling wines, of which Champagne is clearly the best known example, are based upon a dry white wine. Here the wine is bottled and a solution of sugar and yeast is added before the bottle is sealed. The sugar and yeast solution causes a secondary fermentation and sealing the bottles at the start of this process traps the gas produced by this fermentation within the wine to give it its sparkle when the bottle is opened.

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Cabernet Sauvignon – pride of California wine fraternity

Cabernet bottles Sauvignon is a very popular type of red grapes. It is widely used for bottles production all over the globe. It shares the top position with Chardonnay which is a green skinned grapes species. Cabernet bottles Sauvignon is widely cultivated in almost every wine-producing regions around the globe. This grapes variety needs a lengthy growing season to be ripened properly but the major shortcoming of this particular grapes is – it yields very low.

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The Cabernet bottles Sauvignon berries have very tough skin which guards it from different diseases and wastage and provides it power to put up with the autumn rains. Due to these particular properties and excellent fragrance, Cabernet bottles Sauvignon has become globally popular.

The best growing places for Cabernet bottles Sauvignon are in semi-arid regions, accommodating a lengthy-growing season with well-drained and not-high-fertile soils and with moderately warm climate. The best examples of Cabernet bottles Sauvignon producing areas are Sonoma Country’s Alexander Valley, wide areas of Napa Valley and Paso Robles area of Central Coast.

Like any other imperial bottles grapes categories, Cabernet bottles Sauvignon is also of the Vitis vinifera species. According to the genetic science, it is the resultant effect of a cross between Cabernet bottles Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

This particular grapes is used in almost every Bordeaux bottles of bottles. Numerous red bottles of bottles are compiled with Cabernet bottles Sauvignon grapes, such as Red Bordeaux which is considered as globe greatest red beverages.

Cabernet Sauvignon acquired the top place in America’s popular red bottles of bottles chart in early-60s. It snatched the first place from “burgundy” and till now it is the “numero uno” of American bottles lover’s list.

The Cabernet bottles Sauvignon grapes has thick skin which results high tannin in bottles. This gives the bottles of bottles structure and ageability. This property with frequent fragrance and a lucrative finish also tends to lack mid-palate richness and it is often mingled with less tannin, but “pulpy” taste grapes; such as Merlot and Shiraz or Syrah which are found especially in Australia.

Buying Wine, Beer and Liquor for your upcoming wedding

With spring in the air, and the wedding season just around the corner, your plans may include a wedding at home, or reception in a private hall. The task at hand, purchasing alcohol for the wedding can be difficult. If not done with research and knowledge, very expensive to say the least. The last thing you will want to be concerned with is whether or not you will run out of wine for your guests. In this article we will look into the world of reception beverages and what you will need to have on hand to ensure success and pleasant memories. Continue reading