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Learning The Varieties of Wine

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Wine is considered one of the many pleasures of the world that can be enjoyed by anyone. While there are those that are not tremendous fans of wine, it is one of the most common beverages in the world as it can served before, during and after a meal. Wine has tremendous cultural significance in many countries and can add a pleasant experience to an otherwise ordinary day.

The word wine refers to the processing, fermentation, and production of the grape. Grapes are naturally balanced to ferment on their own without the help of any chemicals, extra sugars, or enzymes. This makes the taste and flavor of wine one that is very natural and uninhibited. Other fruits are sometimes added to wine for their fermentation qualities, including apples and black currants. When fruits of this type are used to make wine, it is called an “apple” or “elderberry” wine.

Red wine and white wine are the two primary categories of wine.  They are then sub-divided into many other subcategories. The varieties that fall under each umbrella, are typically determined by the type of grape or the region in which the grape was grown.

Wine red is split into several styles, including Merlot which is one of the most popular types of red wine.  It comes from locations all over the world and is typically identified by its medium body containing hints of plum or berry. Merlot is considered one of the most versatile types of wine and is commonly suggested as a meal accompaniment with red meats or dark red foods such as tomato based pastas. White merlot is also becoming very popular because of its raspberry flavoring.

A popular type of white wine is the Riesling. It comes from a white grape variety of the same name and is grown historically in Germany. Riesling is  very versatile and is considered appropriate to serve with almost any type of food. It is, however, most popular with white fish or pork. Riesling is also known as one of the few wines that can stand up to the bold flavors of Asian cuisine such as Thai or Chinese food.

There are many different ways for people to enjoy drinking wine. There are appetizer wines or apertifs, for example, that are used before a meal to open the palette to suggestions. Apertifs include dry sherries, Vermouth or other flavored wines. Table wines are served, as the name would infer, primarily with food. Cooking wines are used to provide a base of flavor for cooking. A dessert wine is typically served after meals as a good closer to the flavors from the meal. Dessert wine can be medium sweet to very sweet in flavor and includes port and sweet sherry.


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