Wine has a fascinating history and there are lots of interesting things to know about it. Here are some important things you should know about wine.
Contribution of the monks
During the Middle Ages, the monks of Benedictine monasteries preserved the process of wine production. Modern wine production techniques are credited to these monks. The overall process has remained the same, but there is a difference in making white wine and red wine. Red wine production takes a greater number of steps.
Importance of colour
The colour of the wine is a very important factor. It indicates the age, variety, geographic location and other important characteristics of the wine. The colour even tells what techniques have been used in producing it.
Categories of wines
There are mainly six different categories of wine. These include white, rose, red, fortified, sparkling, and dessert or sweet wine. You should know the taste and smell of each of these categories so that you can choose the right type of wine to go with your dinner, occasion, or mood.
Difference between wine in the past and now
In the old days, classic wine grapes were used to produce wine and the traditional method of wine production was used.
The wine makers used non-stainless-steel containers. Now wine is made in regions where it was not made before, like Australia, South America, the US, and the Asian regions.
Wines of these regions have a sweeter taste and fruitier characteristic. Wine originally had herb flavours and low sugar content.
Reasons for best wines to be expensive
Most wines are quite affordable. But there are some special wines that are really expensive. The reasons for it are the premium growing location, hand-harvesting, low yield, knowledge and talent of the wine producer.
Taste of wine
The taste of wine changes over the year. The same wine won’t taste the same throughout the year. There is something called Vintage Variation that happens in colder regions and the same wine tastes different because of this.
When to drink
It is better to drink wine that has been produced in the same year. However, there are some wines that get better as they age.
Now you know a lot about wine, and it will help you to select the best wine for your special occasion.