We all have our favourite beverages, but true fanatics know their beverages well. Wines especially have an audience ranging from casual sippers to expert wine tasters. But even so, there might be some facts that might elude even the most ardent of wine enthusiasts. Here are a few surprising facts about one of our favourite drinks up on the shelf!
1. Standing at the top
Red wines, made from grapes, make the demand of grape cultivation high. A rough estimate of 20 million acres of grapes are planted annually throughout the world, which makes grapes the number one fruit crop in the world!
2. Almost every detail affects your Dry Red wine’s taste
Due to the effect sunlight has on grapes used to prepare wines, almost every vineyard tries to capture a unique degree of slope for the plantation of grapes. Other factors like the type of soil or particular exposure to the sun also play their part.
3. Is your wine from the New World?
Wines have their homes too! Generally, wines originated from the Middle East or the Western part of Europe are known to be of the ‘Old World Wine’, while others which come from Australia, America, Asia and Africa are termed under ‘New World’.
4. Home climate matters
A warmer climate results in a wine with a darker shade whereas a comparatively cooler climate contributes to a lighter shade wine. This is mainly because grapes produce sugars as they mature and ripen, hence, wines from warmer climates tend to have more sugar in them than the ones in colder regions.
5. Everything changes colour with age
Wines often undergo the process of aging which induces a slight change in them. For instance, dry red wines are said to lose their colour with time, and on the opposite, white wines gain colour with time.
6. European Red Wine or Non-European Red Wine?
One does not have to research for days to find out if your bottle of red wine is of European origin or of Non- European ones. The European wines are named after the geographical locations whereas the Non- European ones are named after the various varieties of grapes.
7. A new unique flavour
Wines are a good pair with food. A unique third flavour is added whenever wine and food are paired together! Dry Red wine goes the best with red meat, likewise, white wines pair well with fish and white meat.
8. Temperature matters
Wine bottles are advised to be stored in places which are neither too hot nor too cold. All wines are sensitive to extreme temperatures, for instance, if red wine gets too warm, there is a possibility of it losing it’s fruity flavours.
9. Wine tasting: An expert’s view
There are experts in wine tasting who taste the wine with three of their senses. They start by analysing the colour, then they ‘swirl’ the wine in the glass to release it’s aroma and smell the wine, then lastly they taste the wine by moving it around in their mouth for all their taste buds to feel. Quite a process!
10. Wine glasses are special too!
The red wine glasses, for example, are curved inwards at the top. This is done to capture, enhance and deliver it’s aromas to your nose.