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Top Grapes Choice of Wine Makers

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet has thin branches but comes with big bunch of pulps. All wine makers know what this fruit is capable of when it comes to flavor and great wine. Cabernet is massively harvested in Canada and Lebanon. It has full of strong tannins and acids. These elements are important in wine’s aging process. Notes: Blackcurrant, green bell pepper, mint and cedar.

Chardonnay

A Burgundy’s pride the Chardonnay. In wine, it can give you crisp, full bodied, and buttery taste. The aroma of this fruit is striking while the taste is neutral. For wine makers in Burgundy, no grapes can match the complexity and quality of wine made from Chardonnay. It is a true gem for wine lovers out there. Notes: hazelnut, butter, citrus, peach, melon, banana and mango. The notes that come out through aging depends on the weather temperature.

Grenache

Grenache is common in France and Spain. It can thrive harsh sunny environment where other grapes will wither and die. Wines made from Grenache are sweet and have high alcohol content. It creates a strong flavor and spicy notes due to glycerol and alcohol. Notes: herbs, spice, white pepper and raspberry.

Malbec

Argentina has become the highest producers of Malbec today. Unlike Grenanche, this type of grapes need full attention and care which affected its price. Malbec is a create combination with Carbenet Sauvignon, Clarets, Franc, and Petit Verdot. Notes: Blackberries, Mulberries, Smoke, Leather, Brambly fruit.

Merlot

Merlot is very juicy and has fruit forward taste. Despite its popularity, Merlot is considered to be unappreciated by wine lovers. It will give you medium bodied wines low in tannin and has fruity flavor. Notes: Baked figs, gentle spices, chocolate, red fruits, and summer pudding.

Pinot Noir

It is loved by wine makers because it gives them challenge. It’s hard to make the right wine out of these grapes but when it was done with success, the taste is priceless. It works with other grapes as well in terms of Champagne making. They love Pinot Noir because it has the proper balance between fruit flavors and spice flavors. Notes: strawberry, forest fruits, violets, leaf mould, and veggies.

Riesling

Riesling thrive in a cool and with low sun environment. It is considered to be the most difficult type of grapes to grow. Australia and New Zealand are the highest producers of Riesling. Wines from Riesling has the proper amount of alochol and have fresh aromas that will make any wine lovers close their eyes in astonishment. Notes: lime juice, mineral, citrusy, flowery, and kerosene.

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How Wine Is Made?

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Choosing Grape Varieties

Wine is a tedious process. The first step is to find out which type of grape or combinations of grapes you would like to use. Remember that each grapes has their own distinct flavors and acidity. We will provide more post about this topic. If you are a beginner, we recommend to settle down with one grape variety, and as you grow your knowledge in wine making then you can add more varieties and flavors as you go.

Harvesting Time

The perfect time to harvest can be tricky. The ripeness of the fruit will determine the sweetness, acidity, and the tannin level of your wine. Weather is a great contributor as well, the best time to harvest is during the sunny days. Harvesting could be done by hand or by using a harvesting machine. We prefer the harvesting by hand method because machines can be tough on grapes. They are delicate soft fruit after all. Once harvesting is complete, you’ll have to examine each and remove rotten or unripe grapes before you crush them.

Crushing The Grapes

Back in time when there are no machines to do the labor for us, people stump grapes using their feet. But now, we use crushing machines to take the juice, seeds, and skin out of the grape. Thanks to technology, wines now a days observe sanitary regulations which improve the longevity of the wine.

Fermentation

The fermentation starts after 6 to 12 hours once the grapes are crushed. To speed up the process, wine makers use cultured yeast for consistency and accurate results. Fermenting helps the sugars turn into alcohol. The drier the wine the longer the fermentation should take. Fermentation could take around 2 weeks or months depending on the type of wine you’d like to produce.

Filtering

Filtering’s goal is to remove the unwanted substance from your fermented wine. It will remove tannins, solid proteins, and skin so that only the filtered wine will go into the barrels to start the aging process.

Aging

After the filtering stage, it’s time for aging process. There are many options a wine maker can do on how he wants to age his wine. He can use oak barrels or stainless steel tanks. The tool he will use in agin the wine will affect the outcome of the wine.

Bottling

This is the last stage in wine making. You can choose from corks or screw caps. Using any of them won’t really affect the taste of the wine but there were studies that the use of corks can taint the wine. And it lets some oxygen to get in.

Reasons To Drink Wine More Often

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We all know how wine helps keep us healthy with its organic properties. We also know how wine helps keep us fit with its antioxidant properties.

But you know what?

Wine is more than its organic properties, which helps us lower the risks of having serious diseases. Wine is also more than its antioxidant properties, which helps us increase the chances of having prolonged lives.

That’s right, a glass of wine can prolong your life. That’s also right, what more if you have a glass of wine per day?

Still not convinced?

Here are some reasons to drink wine more often:

It helps you become more sociable.

Truth be told, a party is never complete without a single bottle of wine. Whether you’re partying in a birthday celebration or in a wedding reception, wine just makes everything better with just one sip as you get the courage to talk with those around you – be it someone you’ve only met once before or someone you haven’t met before.

It helps food become more delicious.

If you’re still confused about others pairing wine with cheese or any other kind of gourmet dish, this point should clear it up with you. You see, wine is not just solely known for its health benefits and its fitness benefits. It’s also known for its social benefits and– you guessed it, its food benefits that makes every dish of yours worth showcasing to other people.

Wine might not be the first to do something about our overall well-being, but still it’s the best option for us to become healthier and fitter, as well as sociable and better cooks.

Are you a wine drinker?

If yes, what do you think are great reasons to drink wine more often? Why?

If no, what do you think are not-so-great reasons to drink wine more often? Why not?

Share your thoughts with us below!