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Top 4 reasons you need to go on a wine tour

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If you are a wine lover then going on a wine tour will be very enjoyable. Nature is beautiful out there, and you get to taste fresh wine as well. Once you’ve been on the tour it’s worth visiting our outdoor cinema where you can enjoy a movie under the stars. If you’d like to do the same at home then check out the best projectors for the outdoors here.

We digress slightly – Back to the Wine! Here are some good reasons to go on a wine tour.

The winery

Winery is the main reason you should go on a wine tour. You can discover many things about wine and learn fun facts and useful tips related to wine. You get to see where winegrowing takes place, how its made and also take a sip of the wine as it’s produced.

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The cuisine

Wine and food go hand in hand. You will get quality food in a winery. There are many good restaurants and culinary amenities. They make food from fresh produces, so you get the best quality food here.

Farmer’s markets

You will find lots of farmer’s markets around the winery. When you visit a farmer’s market, you will find professional chefs shopping there as well to get the best quality ingredients for their dishes. It’s a unique experience to shop for ingredients for dinner.

Activities

There are many fun activities to do in a vineyard and winery. You can take a bicycle and ride through the lanes of a vineyard. You can find some lovely picnic spots as well. Some wineries offer cooking classes.

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Visiting a vineyard and winery is a great getaway from busy and stressful life. If you live nearby such place, you should go there on weekends to get some fresh air.

6 wine making processes that affect the quality and taste of wine

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Wine can be processed in different ways. Each process gives different outcome. Here are the processes that can affect the quality and taste of wine.

1. Date of harvest

The date at which the grapes are picked affects the quality and taste of wines. If the winemaker picks a date early, the wines will be more acidic with lower alcohol and will have green aromas and flavors. It will have more bitter tannin as well. If you pick grapes at a later date, then there will be less acidity, higher alcohol, and less tannin.

2. Cold soaking and skin contact

These two terms refer to how long the grape skins touch the juice before converting to wine. Cold soaking occurs before there is any alcohol present. Cold soaking means extracting the color and fruit flavors from skins, but leaving out the bitter tannin.

3. Hot fermentation vs. cool fermentation

Fermentation temperature changes the ultimate fruit flavors and color in wine. The temperature of hot fermentation can reach 80 – 1000F. Warmer fermentation is needed for red wines as they increase the color and tannin. Some winemakers also use warmer fermentation for white wines as well. Cold fermentations are done with white and rose wines. Cooler temperature helps preserve the aromas in white wines. These are the reasons why it is important to serve wines at the right temperature.

4. Pump overs vs. punch downs

Pump overs get higher amounts of tannin in the wind. Some of these systems offer gentler extraction and others aggressively stir up the tank where fermentation is done. Pump over systems is widely used in large fermentation tanks that are used for commercial operations. Punch downs, on the other hand, are a delicate way to stir wine. With this method, skins are not extracted too much. Very little oxygen is added in the fermentation. These are done by hand.

5. Oak-aging vs. steel tank

Oak aging adds a vanilla flavor to wine. It also increases the wine’s exposure to oxygen as it ages. Oxygen lowers the level of tannin and helps wine get its ultimate fruitiness. Wines that are aged for many years have nutty flavors. For zesty white wines, steel tanks are used. It is also used for red wines.

6. Screwcaps vs. corks

In winemaking, it’s important to decide whether to use a cork or a screwcap. In many occasion, the difference is not a big deal. But some winemakers have specific preferences.

The choice of these processes affects the outcome of wine. Many of these processes depend on the preference of the winemaker. So, a winemaker must have an in-depth knowledge on these.

4 rules for best pairing of wine and food

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It is not possible to taste wine at its best unless you pair it with the right food. Unfortunately, many of us do not understand how to order the right food with the wine. Here are the general guidelines you should follow.

1. If you want to drink white wine that is made in stainless steel tanks instead of in oak barrels, then you should order a meal in which you can squeeze a lemon or lime. White wines have a citrusy acidity flavor. Lime or lemon can highten that flavor. So, you can have smoked sablefish, grilled salmon, etc. with white wine.

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2. Low-alcohol wines go well with spicy foods. Alcohol improves the oils that make spicy food hot. So, if you take dishes like fiery curried chicken or Thai stir-fry, you can order wines that have low alcohol level.

3. When chicken or pork is the primary flavor in a dish, you should follow a simple rule. Remember that pork chops go well with red wine sauce and chicken items go well with white wine sauce.

4. If you are taking desserts, then you should consider lighter wine. You should choose wine that is less sweet than the dessert otherwise there will be too much sweetness.

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It can be a bizarre experience if you don’t choose the right food for your wine. Keep these rules in mind when you order your food in a restaurant. You will have the best dinner when food and wine are paired right.

4 ways to tell whether your wine is good or not

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Many people don’t know how to tell if the wine they are having is good or bad. It is especially true for people who drink wine occasionally. Here are four aspects of wine that tells you whether the wine is of good quality or not. ‘

Smell

Smell is the first thing you should consider. Notice whether the smell is floral or fruity. If it’s either of the two then you know it’s a good wine. But if the wine smells like anything else, for example, like a soaking wet newspaper, then it’s not a good wine.

Balance

A good wine is always in the balance. It has the right amount of acidity, alcohol, tannin, fruit, etc. None of these stand out to highlight its feature. If the level of acidity is very high, for example, and it makes your eyes water then you know that the wine is not in the balance.

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Depth

Depth of the flavor is the next thing you should check. You should detect the layers of another flavor that are beyond the fruit. You can taste some nuts or chocolate. When there is a good depth of flavor in your wine, you will enjoy the drink more.

The finish

You should determine it’s length of finish. You should notice how long the flavor of wine lasts after you drink it. The longer it lingers, the better will be the wine.

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So, next time when you drink wine, notice these characteristics to judge if it’s of good quality or not. A good quality wine will make your meal much enjoyable.