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Why Red Wine Is Thought By Many To Be The Very Best Wine Available

Aug 17, 2007
Among the many hundreds of types of wine available, red wine is thought of as the best. There are several different types of red wine, even though they are all made using the same methods. This very good type of wine is made from the black grape, the color deriving from the skins.

Starting to make red wine, the grapes that have been chosen are placed in a crusher. Here, the crusher will squeeze the juices out. Depending on what type of wine is being made the stalks will most likely be thrown away. After that the grapes are put in a fermentation vat with the skins to begin fermentation. This can be quite a long process taking up to several weeks to finish. If a higher temperature is used the color will show more.

When producing softer wines, the whole grapes are fermented using sealed vats. The carbon dioxide that becomes trapped in the sealed vats ferment the grapes under pressure, which is a quite fast step, taking only a couple of days. Keep in head that the tannin and color is always made on how long it takes. If the fermenting process takes a very long time the wine will be more of flavor and color.

The remainder of the grape will go through a press, being grinded to create a tannic wine. Many times this tannic wine is added to a free running wine to add more flavor and texture to the wine. The vat and tanned wine are then switched to a second fermentation process. The second fermentation will take the very longest; after all it brings out the most taste and color.

All fine types of red wine will spend a minimum of one year in the second fermentation process. Some sorts of different red wine will spend longer in the second process, maybe even years. Red wine is also mixed with egg whites, which will suspend the yeast downwards to the wine, before the wine is racked bottled and stored. Once the wine has been bottled it is shipped off and sold, although some wines will continue to sit in the bottle before being sold or served.

The amount of time a wine spends in a bottle is very important, even though most wines don't need to spend that much time in the bottle. The more expensive types of red wine should be aged properly, to preserve flavor and color. The simple types of red wine although don't need to spend that much time at all in a bottle. They can be shipped off and sold, then opened right after arriving to be served. So the simpler red wine can be opened early but the more expensive and higher of quality red wines should be aged properly to their potential. Most of all red wines and wines in general are going to be coming from France so they are already going to have some what of an age to them.
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about wine as well as customized wine bottles at http://www.winebottlespersonalized.com
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