Q. What is tannin?
is a natural preservative that is found in foods
like walnuts, tea and grapes. The tannins in wine
derive primarily from grape skins but can also
come from the oak barrels in which certain wines
are aged (which is why even some white wines,
which are made without grape skins, have tannins).
Tannins, when balanced with fruit, leave a tactile
sensation in your mouth that is felt in the middle
of your tongue. As a wine gets older, its tannins
mellow and become visible in the wine as sediment.
Of course, tannins are just one component of a
wine's structure; the best wines have a balance
of tannins, fruit and acids.
is meant by vintage?
vintage indicates the year the grapes were harvested,
so every year is a vintage year. A vintage chart
reflects the weather conditions for various years.
Better weather usually results in a better rating
for the vintage.
all wines meant to be aged?
It's a common misconception that all wines improve
with age. In fact, more than 90 percent of all
the wines made in the world are meant to be consumed
within one year, and less than 1 percent of the
world's wines are meant to be aged for more than
white wine be made from red grapes?
The color of wine comes entirely from the grape
skins. By removing the skins immediately after
picking, no color is imparted to the wine, and
it will be white. In the Champagne region of France,
a large percentage of the grapes grown are red,
yet most of the resulting wine is white. California's
White Zinfandel is made from red Zinfandel grapes.
Spill the Wine?
Try an equal mixture of liquid soap and
peroxide to take out red wine stains
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