There are more flavors of wine out today than there have ever been, providing a wide audience with the chance to experience this drink regardless of their personal tastes. While most wine comes from the same basic ingredients, the way it is prepared, aged, stored, and bottled changes what the taste is in the glass. Below is a look at how these different flavors come about.
The ingredients of the wine will obviously affect the way it tastes. Grapes provide the main ingredient for most wines, but different species of grapes create different tastes. The easiest way to see this is by comparing white wine to red wine. The white is made from green grapes and the red is made from purple ones. They taste entirely different, and some people prefer one more than the other. There are many other fruits that may be adding to the mixture to enhance the flavor of the wine, like raspberry, apple, or pomegranate.
The place the wine is made will also give it a unique taste all its own. Location will determine the resources the wine makers have available as different regions produce different ingredients. This will be based on climate, seasonal growth, processing opportunities and more. If you are traveling to other countries, you can taste the wines there and notice how incredibly different they are simply because of the way they make their wines.
Wine is said to get better with age, though there is a point when wine gets too old to drink. Nevertheless, as wine ages it is able to ferment even more and create that rich taste that many wine drinkers adore. There is a reason why the most expensive wines in a restaurant are usually the oldest ones. It is because they taste the best and have endured many years to get to the value they are at.
The way a bottle of wine is stored will actually impact what flavor it tastes like. There are different wood options for wine barrels, and each one yields a unique taste. The longer the wine sits in the barrel, the more wood like it will taste. Many people actually like this because it gives the wine a smoked, earthy texture that is both rich and intoxicating.
The storage of the bottle will also impact the taste of the wine. Sunlight is not good for aging wine, which is one of the main reasons why many wine bottles are so dark. Wine does not fare well in the cold either, so you should never refrigerate a bottle you have. If you do refrigerate it, make sure that you drink the bottle of wine fairly quickly. Otherwise, store in a warm place where little light can get through.
With the vast array of flavors out there to choose from, you should have no difficulty finding a great wine for you. Go out and taste the wines on the market and you will surely find something you will enjoy.
By: John A Vasquez