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Wine Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 1) What does "vintage year" mean?

    The year of grape harvest from which the wine is made is referred to as vintage year. The weather conditions and the resulting grape crop are the characteristics to be determined for a vintage year.

  2. 2) What is meant by wine decanting?

    Wine decanting can be described in three ways. One is drawing off good wine without disturbing the sediment. The second type is pouring the wine into another vessel without the residues. The last type is drawing some wine from a larger vessel such as a barrel or large bottle and pouring it in a smaller container.

  3. 3) Is it necessary to age the wine in the bottle?

    In today's market, most of the wines are produced to be readymade. So you can drink when you purchase them, and there is no need for aging. But some wines need aging so a local wine merchant can be contacted regarding wine aging.

  4. 4) How can we determine if a wine is rotten?

    The smell and taste of the wine tell its condition. A wine turns bad when it is corked or oxidized. This is clear by a strong corky or rotten smell in case of being corked, and an unpleasant aroma and flavor will appear if it is oxidized. A bad wine will also turn brownish.

  5. 5) What is the process involved in winemaking?

    Most people think winemaking is difficult, but it is a more natural process. When you add yeast to the grapefruit, it converts the sugar into carbon dioxide and alcohol, and the carbon dioxide escapes into the air, and the leftover is nothing but the wine. The job of a winemaker is simple. They have to make a condition for the yeast to perform its task.

  6. 6) How do we determine the alcohol content in the wine?

    You can approximately calculate the content of alcohol by looking at the amount of wine and the size of the drops of wine left in the glass. The alcohol content will be high if the droplets are thicker and more in number. But this will not give the exact amount of alcohol content. For the correct amount, the bottle can be checked.

  7. 7) Why do people get a headache after drinking wine?

    The wines you drink have high tannin levels and high histamine levels, which cause a headache. If you have any allergic to the components of the wine, you might get a problem.

  8. 8) How many calories are present in the wine?

    Calories are not directly present in the wine. Calories are present in alcohol. Wine contains 15% alcohol. And alcohol contains seven calories per gram, and fat contains nine calories per gram. The more alcohol content in a glass of wine, the more calories it will have.

  9. 9) Can I make a good wine which I like to purchase?

    Yes! You can make your wine as you like with little reading about the winemaking process. All that is necessary is you should have a little patience and some wine-producing equipment.

  10. 10) What is priming sugar?

    Priming sugar is nothing but a sugar added to the wort (sugary liquid used to make beer) before bottling to carbonate the beer.

  11. 11) Which wine age better? Red or white wine?

    Red wines age better than white wines. Since most red wines need to be aged when compared to white ones. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Syrah/Shiraz are the best examples for the aging red wines. But still, a few white wines need aging. They are Burgundy-style chardonnays, German Rieslings, sparkling wines, and fortified wines.

  12. 12) What is the right way for wine storage?

    To store the wine for an extended period a proper and correct environment is essential. The temperature should range from 55-58° F, and the humidity should be maintained at 55% to 75%. The vapor barriers and insulation can be used to isolate the wine cellar from any condition that damages the wine storage.

  13. 13) What is fortified wine?

    Fortified wines are nothing but the wines added with alcohol. The best example of this type of wine is brandy. This type of wine was invented in the early 17th century to withstand the rough voyages. Wines with higher alcohol content can be prepared when brandy is added to the wine before or after fermentation. It also helps to prevent bacteria from consuming wine.

  14. 14) How should a wine glass be held in hand?

    The proper way to hold the wine glass is by the stem. It allows you to enjoy the smell of the wine without the interference of any perfumes from your hand. More importantly, holding the wine around the body affects the flavor of the wine since the heat from the hand starts warming up the wine. Restrict yourself by grasping at the stem of the glass to prevent from others watching you oddly.

  15. 15) What are the different ways of cooling wine?

    If you have enough time to chill your wine, just put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. If not, grab an ice bucket and fill it partially with ice and partly with cold water and place the wine bottle in it. Using this combination, wine can be cooled within 20 - 30 minutes, then ice, which takes about one hour.

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