What is Wine?

Wine is an alcoholic drink made with the fermented juice of grapes.

Technically, wine can be made with any fruit (i.e. apples, cranberries etc) but if it just says “wine” on the label then it’s made with grapes. (wine grapes are different than the supermarket/table grapes that you have watching Netflix). Wine grapes are different than table grapes: they are smaller, sweeter and have lots of seeds.

For the most part, every wine must undergo through these basic steps:

  • Pick the grapes

The grapes are either cut from the vine by human hands with shears or they are removed by a machine.

Photo by economist.com

Photo by royalexaminer

  • Crush the grapes

No matter how the grapes were picked, they all will be crushed in the next step of making wine. A machine called destemmer, which basically does what its name mean, that to remove the stems and the leaves and lightly crushes the grapes. For white wines, once crushed, they are pressed to squeeze all the juice out gently without crushing the seeds(very bitter).

  • Ferment the grapes into wine

For red grapes, they are put into a vat to start the fermentation on their skins(where the colour is) stirring them from time to time in order to mix the colour and flavours all the way.

  • Age the wine

This is the journey that stretches a wine's journey from vine to bottle, mainly done in Oak barrels or stainless steel tank from several months to several years.

  • Bottle the wine

Finally the last stage of wine making. When the winemaker believes the wine is ready, is then bottled for our enjoyment. The rest is history!

''At the end of the day, you really can’t make a wrong choice.
As long as you pay attention to what it is that you don’t like about a wine
each bottle will get you closer to what you do like.
Take it one glass at a time!''