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The Different Types Of Wine

Aug 17, 2007
Wine is considered one of the many aspects of the world that can be enjoyed by anyone. There is something for everyone in the world of wine, making it the most popular beverage in the world. Wine has cultural significance, too, that tests the limits of time and creates new philosophies and moments based around its very existence.

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.

Red Wine is divided into styles like Merlot, which comes from anywhere from Argentina to the United States. Merlot is a red wine that usually has a medium body and contains hints of plum or berry.

It is also considered one of the most flexible types of wine and is often served with meals involving red meats or darker foods. There is a white merlot that is also in circulation, which is made with a hint of raspberry.

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.

People use wine in a variety of settings. Some people open a meal with an apertif, for example, which is used to open the palette up to the flavors to be presented with the meal. Usually comprised of a dry sherry or a Vermouth, apertifs are great meal starters.

People also use cooking wines, typically a poorer quality wine, to provide a base of flavor for their meals. Another variety is dessert wines, which is typically very sweet in flavor and includes port or sherry.
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