What Makes Wine So Exquisite

Once thought to be only enjoyed by most posh rich people, wines vary both in their quality and in the quantity they are consumed. Like most great inventions, wine wasn’t invented, but rather discovered. Some believe it was Jesus who first turned water into wine, others say wine was first fermented by the ancient Egyptians. Wine dates back to nearly 8,000 years. It was the one drink which was valued in the ancient world because it was believed to be divine. But whatever the story may be, the truth is, nobody cares who discovered it… the important thing is that, it was discovered.

Whites – While most wines flow easily and steer beautifully, white wines have a light taste ranging from dry, to semi sweet to sweet. Whites, such as, Chardonnay contain tannins from being stored in oak containers and steel to enhance its taste. White wines have been known to pair well with cheese, seafood and poultry. Some of the well known white wine types include, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay. Well known semi-sweet and sweet wines include, Ice wines, Moscato, Sherry, Tokaji, and Sauternes. White Wine glasses have a many shapes but a smaller mouth reduces the rate of oxidation to preserve the crisp, clean flavor. They are served in longer, wider glasses for a distinct burst of flavor.

Reds – Red wines are made with varieties of dark red and black grape. The main difference between red and white wines is that, the production of red wine includes the skin, as well as the whole grape. The skin adds color and is what gives red wine its rich taste. The cork is sealed into the bottle for years before red wine reaches its full flavor. Red wines also tend to be heavier and complex than their white counterparts, they also tend to be less sweet and are known to emit a pungent and a tangy fragrance. Red wines have been known to pair well with steak, lamb, duck and even chocolate.

Some popular red wines include Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Shiraz and Zinfandel. A not so well known red, Malbec is gaining popularity. Apart from these, the charm of the Pinot Noir, the red wine grape of Burgundy, can also be tasted in Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France, for a price of $15,398. Red Wine glasses are generally shaped rounder and shaped like a bowl to increase the rate of oxidation.

Alternative Options

Other wine types include blush wines, fruit or country wines, non-alcoholic wines, and sparkling wines.

Rosé Wine

Rose wines are made up of red grapes, while blush wines with a hint of pink are made by blending white and red wine together for a hint of color.

Fortified Wine in Small Bottles

Fortified wines or dessert wines have been fortified by using extra alcohol. These wines are normally not served with any meal, but after retiring from the dinner table. Fortified wines include Sherry, Madeira and Port. This wine is generally served in smaller glasses so the taste and the higher alcohol content does not overwhelm the drinker too much.

Sparkling Wine and Champagne

Sparkling wines are very easy to distinguish because of their bubbles. By far, sparkling wines and champagne are the most popular wines worldwide and are produced in most of the major wine producing regions of the world. While serving champagne in a barbeque would require the use of disposable flutes, at formal occasions, Champagne is best presented in slim tulip-shaped crystal or glass stemware.

Bet You Didn’t Know

  • While some reds are made for immediate consumption, some white wines can and have lasted for centuries.
  • Foot treading of grapes is still used in producing a small quantity of the best port wines around the world.