I am a wine lover.Â I could drink a glass or two of Merlot everyday (yes I prefer dry and semi-sweet wine).Â I’ve been to a number of wineries and I am always reading up on different types of wine.Â And there has been some interesting information I have found that many wine drinkers may not know.Â Curious to know what?Â Then read on.
Not all wine is vegan
– So you call yourself a vegan but you also like to drink wine?Â Well, did you know that not all wine is vegan?Â How so do you ask? Â During the processing of wines they go through Â “fining” thatÂ clears out particles in the wine such as proteins and tannins among others. Â While these particles are natural they also make the wine look hazy, which is not appealing to most wine drinkers. Â The process uses fining agentsÂ that act as a magnet to attract the particles as needed for filtering them out. Â Guess what these fining agents are most commonly made of? Â Milk, animal, and fish proteins as well as egg whites. Â Look for the “Vegan Friendly” label on your wine bottle to eliminate this risk if you are a strict vegan.
What is causing your wine headaches (other than a hangover)?
– You may notice on most wine bottles a message saying that the wine contains sulfites.Â Sulfites are added to wines to help preserve them as well as in other foods such as canned tuna and pizza crust. Â But if sulfites aren’t your issue then maybe amines are, which are chemicals that naturally occur during fermentation and found in some other foods such as flour tortillas. Â If you find yourself suffering from headaches after wine try taking OTC allergy medicine such as Claritin to see if it helps or talk to your doctor for recommendations. Â You can also look for “organic” wines that specifically say on the label they do not contain sulfites. Â You could also avoid drinking wine altogether 🙁
Difference Between Wine and Champagne?
Champagne is actually just a sparkling wine. Â The difference is that “real” champagne is actually made in Champagne, France, a wine region located in close proximity to Paris. Â So next time you’re sippin’ on some champagne that was made in California just know that it’s actually only sparkling wine since it wasn’t made in Champagne, France.
How soon should you drink wine?
It depends. Â Light, fruity wines are meant to be drunk within days.Â White wines such as Sauvignon Blanc or a light Chardonnay can be aged a few years (3-7) for optimal taste.Â Late harvest white wines such as Riesling can be aged even longer for optimal taste…think 10 to 20 years or longer!Â Red wines such as Merlot are said to age well between 4-7 years while Cabernet takes a bit longer at between 10-14 years.Â Dessert wines such as Moscato are meant to be drunk within days after opening.Â And as a rule of thumb any wine should be drunk within days if it was priced under $25.Â More expensive wines should be stored laid down in a cool, dry place such as a closet or wine cellar for long storage and optimal taste.Â Of course, you can drink the wine whenever you want but these are just some guidelines on how to get the best taste out of your wine. Â Due to the presence of tannin, a natural preservative found in the stems and skins of red grapes, you can typically keep red wines longer than whites for the best taste.Â If you keep certain wines for too long with a dried out cork, which will allow air to seep in and more yeast to develop, then your wine could turn to vinegar. Yuck!
Wine isn’t just for drinking
I love to drink wine so, of course, I’ve looked for opportunities to use it in dishes I cook. Â Of course, I consider the taste of the wine before adding it to a recipe. Â For example, I’m not going to add a dark, dry red wine to vanilla cake just as I wouldn’t add a sweet white wine to my pasta dish. Â So feel free to experiment with adding different wines to your recipes but consider the taste of the wine and the dish you’re making.
Make your own wine..it’s easy!
Get some ingredients such as fruit (preferably dark grapes or berries), honey (to sweeten if desired), yeast, and filtered water and you can make your own wine right at home!Â It takes a little patience as the fermenting process can take anywhere from days up to several months for really good wine but it can be done.Â Of course, if you combine the right amount of yeast with the juice of grapes and allow for fermentation to take place then this can also produce wine.Â It may taste like crap but it’s wine nonetheless.