Undeniably, wine is a multifaceted beverage that’s an amalgamation of history, culture, agriculture, geology and genetics. So how can you learn more about wine without feeling overwhelmed by all the details? In the past, wine was learned by region and this technique worked well. Nowadays, however, since wine is now being produced practically everywhere, the regional lines have become blurred.
As it so happens, Sciacca Grill has listed 5 of the most commonly asked questions about wine. And the good news is, they’re pretty easy to grasp!
1. What are the most prevalent types of wine?
Want to find out your favourite type of wine? It’s best to check out the 18 different grape assortments, generally referred to as international varieties. They include subtly honeyed white wines such as Moscato and Riesling, to rich dusky red wines like Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Once you’ve tried all 18, you’ll actually have a pretty good idea on the complete range of wine.
2. What are the most popular wine regions?
The top three wine producing countries in the world are Italy, France and Spain, and this fact tells you three things. Firstly, they probably produce the majority of wines globally, secondly, they also produce some of the finest wine in the world, and thirdly, France, Italy and Spain are the source of all of the most popular varieties of wine in the world.
3. Why do some wines taste tarter than others?
It’s also good to know the basic characteristics of wine. Some wines taste tart, a characteristic that’s also referred to as acidic. Some wines will warm/burn the back of your throat, which is indicative of the alcohol level. Lastly, some wines leave a lingering bitter/dry palate in your mouth which is called tannin.
4. How can a wine without sugar still have a sweet taste?
How is it that a completely dry (i.e. no lingering sugar) wine can taste syrupier than others? There are a few features that go into this phenomenon including grape variety, region and oak aging. For example, if you have a Malbec from France compared to a Malbec from Argentina, the latter tastes sweeter. The region where the grapes grow greatly influences the flavour.
5. Why doesn’t wine taste the same from year to year?
Does this ever happen to you? You find a deliciously-awesome wine and it’s your go-to wine whenever you eat out. Yet, strangely enough, you realise that it doesn’t taste the way you initially remember. You’re not crazy. Check the vintage, chances are, you’re a victim of Vintage Variation. This is more frequent in cooler climate regions. So, if you love a Pinot Noir, take note of the vintage.
Wine complements our life’s experiences, enhancing the places you are and the company you’re with. Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or simply ending a day or week chilling out, a good glass of wine is sure to elevate mood. That said, it’s also good to expand your understanding by being experimental and trying new things.
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