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Frequently Asked Questions about WINE!

Mar 14, 2019 | Post By Brodey Sheppard

Most people like wine and consume on regular basis or would like to. But with thousands of brands & bottles in the market, choosing the right wine is always confusing, isn't it? Which bottle should we take to a party? Which bottle should we order at a restaurant? We have put together a list of frequently asked questions about Wine. Here are some basic things that you need to know about WINE. First being, wines are created by a process known as fermentation.

How many types of Wines are available out there?

Wines can be grouped into the six primary categories:

  1. White wines - contain little or no red pigmentation, made from White grapes (Well, grapes are never exactly white but they have light color like green, golden, yellow etc)
  2. Red wines - Made from black grapes and have a red or blue tint.
  3. Rosé wines - Made from black grapes and they are pink in color.
  4. Sparkling wines - Made from any of the variety but contains Carbon Dioxide bubbles. Often incorrectly referred as Champagne.
  5. Dessert wines - Have a high sugar content, making them a popular choice with/as dessert.
  6. Fortified wines - Have Brandy or other spirits added to the juice during fermentation.

Is wine good for your health?

That depends on how much you drink actually. But generally, if consumed in moderate amount, yes, wine is good for health. Red wines are the most beneficial because good amount of antioxidants and other elements like Resveratrol, are contained in black grape’s skin.

How long can you keep wine after opening the bottle?

Not very long. A re-corked bottle will last in the refrigerator for a couple of days or may be a week maximum. Have a sniff before guzzling down I say!

On some wine bottles, the word “unfiltered” is written. What does that mean?

Simply, a wine that has not been filtered during the wine making process. Filtering removes solid particles from the wine, but many believe that, it also removes color and complexity of wine. So, it's subjective. Some like Tropicana with pulp, some like it without.

How many types of Glasses are there? Pair the right glass with right wines!

  • Flute - for Champagne
  • White Wine Glass - smaller normal glass
  • Standard Wine Glass - for lighter reds
  • Oversized Wine Glass - for full bodied reds
  • Short Dessert Glass - for dessert wines and ports 

What is the difference between Sparkling wine and Champagne?

Sparkling wines are often referred to incorrectly as Champagne. Actually, Champagne is a type of sparkling wine, but there is a distinct difference between these two. Champagne is the name of a region in Northeast France. By law, wines may only be called Champagne when they are made solely from grapes grown in the Champagne region.

In terms of Wine, I’ve heard references to “Old World,” “New World” and “Transitional.” What do these terms mean?

The term “Old World” is attributed to wines that are produced in an elegant (not that the new world is not elegant, but...) and traditional style. Which means, it has light to moderate in alcohol and displays fair to prominent acidity. They are usually from European countries.

The term “New World” is given to wines have more alcoholic substance, with lower perceptible acidity. These wines will usually come from warm-climate areas that produce very ripe fruit. e.g. South Australia, California Napa valley

The term “Transitional” is used for regions that have elements of both Old and New World styles. Typically, these regions are newly established. So, they use the mix of both.

What is a Sake?

Sake is a light yellow colored Japanese wine made from fermented rice.
It's made in a fashion similar to beer but uses rice in place of barley.

Can I use Wine in my Cooking?

Yes, absolutely. Adding wine to your favorite recipe can increase the flavor of your dish, but use it in right quantity otherwise it could become too boozy. Red wine with red meat, white wine with white meat is a well-known “rule” of wine pairing. As you cook the wine the alcohol will evaporate. This extracts the flavor profile of the wine and adds it to the dish. Here is a spaghetti diagram of wine & food pairing.

Alright, that's it from our side. Hope you got some useful information. If you have any questions/comments just shoot below in comment area and will try to answer asap.

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Brodey is an enthusiastic marketing and advertising strategest out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Brodey has always been passionate about liquor and alcohol in general. You will find Brodey on the weekends either out on the football pitch kicking goals or down the lake with a glass of wine.

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