I would guess I use the word “wine” at least fifty plus times every day. Up until the other day I don’t believe that I’ve ever thought about the real definition of wine. Like all of us, I just drink it…not thinking about its definition.
In today’s blog we are going to look at the actual definition of wine. Wine (wa-hyn) is a noun and has several definitions.
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of grapes. It is made in a number of varieties such as red, white, sweet, dry and sparkling. It is used for cooking, religious rites, and many other uses. Wine generally has an alcoholic content between 10 and 15 percent.
Other varieties of fermented grape juice are used to produce Port with much higher alcohol percentages of 15 to 20 percent.
There are wines made from other fruits, vegetables or plants. Here’s a list of those wines:
Macadamia Nut Wine
I haven’t tried all of these wines. I have tried Rice Wine, Peach Wine and Plum Wine. Perhaps we all should put trying these wines on our to-do list.
Wine has been produced for thousands of years. The earliest archaeological traces of wine are from the territories of modern Georgia, Iran, Sicily and perhaps China. The first wines are believed to have been made around 4000 BC. Throughout history wine has been consumed for its intoxicating effects. It seems nothing has changed in these modern times.
From Grapes to Glass
Depending on the grape, region and the kind of wine a winemaker wants to make, it may vary in production, time and technique. However, for the most part every wine made goes through these basic steps:
- Picking of the grapes, fruit, etc.
- Crushing process
- Aging of the wine
- Bottling of the wine
Of course there are many steps and considerations for each of these five steps. The end result is the production of wine for all of us to consume and enjoy.
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Until next week,
Calendar of Events
- November 7th – International Merlot Day
- November 12th – International Tempranillo Day
- November 15th – International Zinfandel Day
- December 16th – National Wine Club Day
- December 20th – National Sangria Day
- December 31st – National Champagne Day