15 Questions about Wine

In this world, wine had become the most used drink by many countries. Some questions are frequently asked by the clients or customers. Here are the answers to some important and frequent questions about wine.

Question # 1

How much sugar is in a glass of wine?

If we divide a bottle of wine into two to three glasses, there is an average of two to quarter tablespoon sugar in each glass. Women are recommended to intake two-thirds of sugars on daily basis. The amount of sugar in wine depends upon the color and style of wine. As the name indicates, drier-style wines contain less sugar as compared to sweet wines. If you are on diet, the best-recommended wine for your diet is red.

Question # 2

How should red and white wines be stored?

There are some standard conditions to save red and white wines. These conditions are 12-15 degrees Celsius, with the humidity of 75% in the absence of exposure to light. Make sure that the bottle of wine faces no movement. Both wines can be stored in the same conditions, only low temperature is preferred in the case of white wines. The dark side of the room is selected usually a cupboard. Make sure that the wine didn’t touch the wall that receives the sunlight as well as any vibrating appliances like washing machines, blenders, etc. If you want to store wines for 2-3 months, the best place to store wines is in a vegetable rack of your home refrigerator.

Question # 3

Which is the correct way to hold a wine glass?

Different wines are served at different temperatures like white wine at 60°F, red wine at 65°F, and champagne at about 50.0°F. These wines give the best taste at these temperatures. As the structure of the wine glass has a long stem at its base. To enjoy the cool wine, hold the glass of wine at its base or stem so it didn’t get the temperature of your body.

Question # 4

Is drinking red wine is healthy or not? And how about white wine?

Recent medical research reveals that the limited consumption of wine is healthy. A standard wine glass contains 150 ml of wine and the consumption of 1-2 glasses in a day is healthy. The benefits of white wine are the same as red wine but in a small amount.

Question # 5

How we can preserve the leftover wine and how long will the wine keep?

The word “Living” is used for the wines as their production and taste rely upon the temperature. So it is wrong to freeze the wine bottle, it is equal to killing the bottle. When we open a wine bottle, oxidation of wine began as it becomes in contact with the air and oxygen of the atmosphere. This oxidation only occurs at the surface to protect the remaining wine. The preservation of leftover wines is usually to minimize oxidation. There are various ways to store leftover wine. There are neutral canisters that replace the air inside the wine bottle so that it cannot expose to the outside environment. Make sure to cork the wine bottle before preservation.

Question # 6

What do I need to know about pairing wines and food?

Match your wine with the top flavor of the dish rather than proteins. Select the wine bottle for your dinner table according to the weight of your dish. Make sure that the strength of the wine should similar to the strength of the dish. Such as for the Poached dish and Caper Butter Sauce, Chardonnay is considered as the best combination.

Question # 7

Which wine has more alcohol, red or white?

In contrast to white wine, red wines have more alcohol. It also depends upon the style and weight of the body. If you want a lighter wine, select red or white wine with 13% alcohol. If you want a high dose, select wine with 13.5% or more alcohol. Sweet wines contain almost 10% alcohol, such as dessert wine.

Question # 8

Why does drinking wine cause headaches?

Sulfites are a natural substance present in various food, drinks, and dry fruits. Sulfites are also present in wines for better products so that to protect the spoilage of grape juice. For sensitive individuals, sulfite may cause an allergic reaction. But we cannot say that sulfites are the reason for headaches. Headache is a common issue that is different in different people. One person may affect more by wine while, had a lesser effect on the other person. Tough white wine has more sulfites as compared to red wines but, headache is mostly caused by red wine.

In any case, if you have any serious issues, you must consult your doctor.

Question # 9

Why wine labels are so confusing?

There are different reasons for the confusion of labels. Every country and region of this world produces wines according to its rules and regulations. The region of production determines what information should be mentioned on the label.

In United State, Australia, Argentina, etc. that is called New World Wine, the wine labeling is done according to the grape variety.

Europe is called the Old World wine; they prefer to mention the region of wine production on the label. This region may be a village or vineyard. We can also say that Europe has strict rules about regional labeling.

Question # 10

What are “the legs”?

Aphrase is used for the wine “that wine has great legs”? Usually, the word leg is used for tears which mean the amount of alcohol in wine. It also determines the viscosity of a wine. Hold your wine bottle and shake it very well to see its viscosity. Pour wine in a glass and see the movement of the leg along the side of the glass. If the legs quickly move down to the side of the walls, then it has lower alcohol. If the speed is slower, it determines it has higher alcohol content.

Question # 11

Do winemakers add flavor to wine?

Winemakers add various ingredients and additives to the wine to make them stable and for better preservation. All the flavors and aromas that are used in a wine are produced naturally by chemical compounds during fermentation. Ingredients are used in every country but, in most countries it is illegal.

Question # 12

Why is wine buttery?

Word buttery is used in the wine industry. Some people may like to drink buttery wine while others may not like it much. The buttery flavor of the wine is due to two main reasons. The first reason is malolactic fermentation. In the fermentation, malic acid is converted to creamy lactic acid, which gives butter flavor. The other reason is oak chips which give the creamy flavor of butter and vanilla.

Question # 13

Why does wine cost what it does?

The price of the wine depends upon the real estate and the vineyard region. Large acres of land of vineyard cost more. There are someplace such as Napa Valley, Grand Cru, and Bordeaux, which offer high prices than any other place. This is because of the high quality and taste of fruits at that place.

Other things that increase the amount of wine are winery equipment, oak barrels, etc.

Question # 14

What is the best position to place a wine bottle- vertical, horizontal, diagonal?

The purpose of cork in a wine bottle is to prevent the wine to come in contact with the outside air thus stopping oxidation. The bottle should be laid down so that wine touches, to maintain the integrity of the cork. The leftover wine should place straight to minimize the surface area of the wine. An opened wine bottle of good quality can be stored in a refrigerator for 5-7 days.

Question # 15

Are the different types of wines all made of different types of grapes? In the vineyard, different barrels are labeled according to the type of wine.

There are a thousand types of grapes are present for the production of wine. Some types of grapes are used as table grapes to eat. The winemaker has a great amount of options in the winery such as, he can use one kind of grapes or can blend various types of mixed grapes to make a unique flavor.

Labeling is also done on the type of grape used e.g. when you see a label of ‘Riesling’ or ‘Merlot’; it shows that these grapes are used in high proportion in respected wine.

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