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Wine Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 16) Which region is first in producing wine?

    The south western Spanish region of Andalucía is the number one region in producing wines. Next comes the cape winelands in South Africa.

  2. 17) Why are the hill stations suitable for vineyards not the valleys?

    Ideal conditions for growing grapes are provided by the hills landscape. The hills elevation prevents the grape crops from sudden frost which occur frequently in the valleys. Good drainage of air and water is provided by the slopes and prevent excess moisture. To say more about the hill they receive more light and warmth for this reason most of the vineyards are located in the hills.

  3. 18) What are the benefits in drinking red wine?

    Researchers say that moderate intake of red wine improves cardiovascular health by reducing the risk to heart disease. The antioxidants present in the skin and seeds of red grapes help you the most. These antioxidants help you in three ways. They reduce the protection of low density cholesterol, by increasing high density lipoproteins and by reducing blood clotting.

  4. 19) Does wine fatten?

    A 4 ounce glass of wine will contain 80 to 100 calories. Calories will be less in lighter wines than heavier ones. Due to residual sugar some wines have high carbohydrates.

  5. 20) When was the first wine produced?

    About 7000 years ago wine has played a great role in civilization. But the written record for the wine was produced around 2500 B.C. The early Egyptians used the same method for producing wines as it is used today.

  6. 21) What does it mean when a wine is said to be tannic?

    If the wine has a pore closing substance and bitter taste caused by the high level of tannin then it is called tannin wine. Tannin is a chemical substance found in grape skin, seeds, and stems and in the wood barrels in which the wine is fermented. This chemical substance is important for the aging of the wines.

  7. 22) What is meant by wine bouquet?

    Bouquet refers to the odor of the wine. This odor is got from the other sources and not from the grapes. The sources might be vanillin scent of the oak barrels which is used for fermentation or aging.

  8. 23) What is malolactic fermentation?

    The process of converting the malic acid in a wine to lactic acid naturally is called as malolactic fermentation. This process can occur by itself or a wine maker can activate this process.

  9. 24) What does it signify when a wine is said to be sweet or dry?

    If a wine is said to be sweet then a noticeable level of sweetness is found in the wine which is called residual sugar. The dry wine has no such sweetness and the off dry wine has slight sweetness.

  10. 25) Is there any constant or certain temperature at which the wine should be served?

    Wines should be served at the temperature in which they taste the best. Some white and sparking wines should be served chilled as they are refreshing at that the temperature. Red wines can be served unchilled but in a cool state.

    Lighter wines can be served at a temperature more then 45 degree, full bodied white wine can be served at a temperature above 55 degree and red wines can be served at 65 degrees.

  11. 26) What are Finings?

    Finings are natural agents such as Bentonite, Gelatin, and Isinglas which are added to the wine. Finings are used for clearing process in the wine. The wine is then siphoned from one container to the other just leaving the sediments and fining agents behind.

  12. 27) What does fermentation mean?

    Fermentation is the important process in wine making. Fermentation is the process of converting the sugar in the juice into carbon dioxide and alcohol by the yeast. Yeast is a small single cell organism which does this process.

  13. 28) Is acid balance important?

    Too much of acid in a wine makes them unfit for drinking. At the same time if the wine does not have enough acidity it will result in a flat tasting wine. That's why it is important to have a balanced acid property in wine.

  14. 29) What is meant Sulphite?

    TSulphite is a natural bacterial catalyst that is used in the wine to discourage the bacteria activities which ruin the wines. Sulphite also helps in oxidation.

  15. 30) Does it is very important to filter the wine?

    No it is not necessary to filter the wine since filtering does not give a wine a nice finish.

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