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Fine Wine: What is the Difference Between Red and White Wine?

Know why I wear a red and white chicken thingie? You might think I’m a beer and whisky type of chicken, well I am but I am also a world renowned Wine-O. Fine wine makes me pretty cluckin’ happy, and I like two kinds of it — red and white.

I do my food shopping at the barnyard, but you probably go to the supermarket. And you see white grapes and red grapes. Believe it or not, the color of the grape doesn’t have much to do with the taste and color of the wine.

The type of grape determines the type of wine. Here are some examples:

1) Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes

2) Pinot Noir comes from Pinot Noir grapes

3) MD 20/20 comes from MD grapes. Well, not really, but you get the idea.

So how does the color come in? Well, it’s simple. You can get red wine from red grapes. You can also get white wine from red grapes or white wine from white grapes. What’s the difference? Let’s just say that, in fine wine, beauty is skin deep.

When wine makers want to make a white wine, they take the juice out of the grapes and let the juice sit and ferment. Over time, yeast eats up the sugar in the juice and turns it into alcohol. Once it’s done, they might let it age in barrels to pick up flavor and to mellow, or they might just bottle it. Either way, you end up drinking it.

Red wine is also fermented grape juice, but it has an added extra. They throw the crushed grapes, skins and even the stems in to ferment. Have you ever noticed that grapes taste different from grape juice? All of the stuff that makes a grape taste different is what goes into the red wine.

As the wine sits and ferments, it sucks all of the yummy goodness out of the skins, meats and stems. To make a really fine wine, the vintner mixes it up periodically so that the raft of stuff (technical term!) mixes with the wine — kind of like a purple scrambled egg. Once the wine is ready, they strain it out, age it, and bottle it.

So that’s the secret to red and white wine. Want to know the secret of getting fine wine for cheap-cheap without getting your feathers ruffled? Come on down to Dirt Cheap. We’ve got great red wine, great white wine, both sweet and dry and it’s all cheap-cheap. Not sure what your pallet prefers? Our friendly staff will help you find the right wine to get your vino on!

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