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Preparation of Wine

The ancient Chinese, Indians, Greeks, and Egyptians all were a part of the Wine discovery, and so were the Romans who brought winemaking to Europe

Now-a-days in preparing wine initially the right kind of grape variety is chosen from the available options and theyt are carefully planted in regions and conditions suitable to them. Their pick date must be chosen wisely depending upon factors like the degree of ripeness - and also weather conditions like wind, temperature, and drought will affect the finished product. Any imperfections will be hard to remedy down the line. The grapes need be processed immediately once they are picked.

You won't find too many winemakers stomping on grapes anymoreas before; the process has been given over to machines that extract the juice by applying gentle pressure. In this case stems from the grapes are removed before pressing to avoid bitterness. The grapes are crushed to create the "must". Once this must mixes with the yeast naturally then it can be fermented but many winemakers add specific strains of yeast best suited to a particular style of wine.

"Maceration" leaves the skin and seeds in contact with the must to add depth of flavor, color and scent, and is usually done longer for red wine. Some vintners choose cold maceration, which extends this period while holding off fermentation. Alternately, carbonic maceration lets grapes ferment intact, with the addition of carbon dioxide or yeast. It produces wines with intense color and fresh flavor, especially young wines like Beaujolais.

The process of switching barrels for a clean fermentation is known as Racking. This allows some sediment to be removed and exposes the wine to the air. It may be done naturally or by "fining," which uses tasty ingredients like activated charcoal or carbon, isinglass, gelatin, egg whites, or nylon to clarify the wine. This causes impurities to sink for easy extraction. If the winemaker desires, the wine may then be filtered to remove any remaining particles, then it's bottled and aged.

Fast Facts

  • Viticulture/viniculture = the cultivation of grapes has come into existence especially for winemaking.

  •  Table wine contains 8-15% alcohol.

  •  At times SO2 has been added to wine to kill microorganisms and to prevent oxidation.

  •  Red wine grapes require a longer growing season than White wine grapes.

  •  In Europe, white wine grapes flourish in cooler areas like Northern France and Germany, while red thrive in Italy, Spain and Portugal.

  •  Don't forget that wine has health-giving flavonoids, so a glass or two a day is good for you.

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