"Wine is the magic that you can feel, that touches your soul."
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Happy Wine Wednesday to you guys, and as always, thank you for joining me today! To all who have subscribed, you received the email indicating my wine posts will now be up on Wednesdays at 12pm. I’m sorry, 7 pm was getting too hard for me, LOL. I’m getting older and I want to be in bed no later than 8, so yea, doing it earlier just made more sense!
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There’s so much information out there about wine that I want to share with you guys, and figuring out what your interests are, are just as exciting as my own! It’s because of that, I am able to discuss today’s topic with you guys; the different styles of wine!
Now, if you were anything like me in the beginning, you may have assumed there were only two types of wines, right?
Believe it or not, there are NINE! Yes, nine different types of wines! But don’t feel bad at all, as many of them as there are, they still pretty much fall under your red and white category! The main difference between these wines are going to be where they were made, how they were made, and how long they were allowed to ferment!
The nine different styles of wine are as follows:
1. Sparkling wines
2. Light-bodied white wines
3. Full-bodied white wines
4. Aromatic white wines
5. Rose’ Wines
6. Light-bodied red wines
7. Medium-bodied red wines
8. Full-bodied red wines
9. Dessert wines
Now, don’t be frightened, I won’t be covering all nine on this post! That would be information overload! I will simply cover the first 5 today, and on the 11th of September, cover the remaining!
But, if you find yourself wanting to know more information about them, or one in particular, let me know! I have no problem doing the necessary research and getting back to you guys about it!
Did you know it takes two fermentation processes to create sparkling wine? One to make the wine, and one to make the bubbles! Some of you may be thinking, “Isn’t this just Champagne?”
Well, the process of making Champagne and sparkling wine are pretty similar, yes. The difference, which I honestly didn’t know, is that France makes Champagne. Like France literally holds the rights to call any sparkling wine they make, Champagne. No other country can, even if they use the same grapes and the same process.
Now, I wouldn’t say this information is imperative to know, but it can help when it comes to determining what kind of sparkling wines you may like! Remember, on my July 31st entry, we discussed how climates can affect the taste of wine. It’s pretty much the same with sparkling wines. If you find a kind you like, it’s best to know where it originates from so you can stick with that area!
Also, there are four different styles of sparkling wines
3. Extra Dry
Which pretty much ranges from sweet to dry, just like any other wine. It’s best to know which one you’re getting, especially if you’ve got mimosas on the brain!
Champagnes and sparkling wines are usually paired best with salty dishes and fish.
Light-bodied White Wines
These wines are said to be highly drinkable, and on hot summer days, are most enjoyable. These wines are usually crisp, and have an alcohol content of 12% or lower. Light-bodied white wines will have a low sugar content as well, and can taste very dry because of this.
They are also considered the “beer of wine,” implying they can be paired with any kind of food. Though it suggested to try this wine with fresh salads or sushi!
Full-bodied White Wines
Full-bodied white wines can still have a dry taste, but will have higher sugar levels. But not enough to be considered a sweet wine. They’ll have fuller flavors and will taste heavier. Full bodied-wines are going to have an alcohol content of 13.5% and higher, and have usually aged for 3-10 years.
They are best paired with seafood and assorted cheeses.
Aromatic White Wine
Now this is my area of expertise! LOL, well, slightly! Moscatos fall into this category!!!
Aromatic wines are not only pleasant to drink, but also to smell! They usually have a floral scent, which the next time you grab a bottle, I encourage you to take whiff and see!
These wines tend to be sweeter because additional sugars are added to balance out the acidity or bitterness.
If you ask me, Moscato goes with everything, LOL. And it is true with most Aromatic wines. But they are paired better with Indian and Southeast Asian dishes!
Rose’ is known as a pink wine, and is sometimes referred to as the blend between red and white. Which is often assumed how it’s made. Actually, Rose’ is made from red wine grapes, that are only allowed to sit for about three to five days. Now, you may have encountered a sparkling Rose’, which is made by blending white and red wines together, but then it would go in our sparkling wine category!
Roses can either be really sweet and fruity, or bone dry, depending on region and maker. It’s perfect for warmer temperatures and best served cold. Roses are also considered as picnic wine, and can be paired with pretty much anything.
Here is where I leave you, LOL. I hope you found this entry to be informative, and learned something new!
I know I did! It definitely makes narrowing down what I like and don’t like easier. Though I am still open minded to trying dryer wines, I think it’s safe to say Aromatic wines will always have my heart!
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