Red wine is not just a beverage; it is a symbol of taste and sophistication. People throughout the world enjoy tasting different types of wine. The fragrant bouquet and rich taste of red wine always bring joy. This is why it has become an integral part of any gathering or celebration. Here we have compiled 10 amazing facts about red wine.
Red wine contains a powerful antiaging polyphenol called resveratrol. Typically referred to as “tannins” by taste, resveratrol can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and other health problems. However, drinking a generous amount on a regular basis can increase health risks associated with alcohol.
“Red wine” is not one homogeneous thing like any canned drink. Many different types are available depending on the type of grape, the vineyard, the vintage, and the aging process. It is difficult to claim that any one type is better than another, as different wine experts and wine lovers have different preferences. There is sure to be a red to satisfy any taste.
People who enjoy alcoholic beverages generally think the older the better. Well, that is true for whisky, but the same thing is not necessarily applicable to red wine. Some may enjoy the flavors picked up during an extended aging process, but younger red wines retain more of the natural antioxidants.
The color and antioxidants of red wine comes from grape skins. Grapes with darker skin make wine darker red. So, the color varies according to the color of the grape skins.
With aging, red wines become lighter in color and more translucent.
The most famous red wines are produced from just one species of grape, known as Vitis vinifera. There are possibly more than 60–70 species of grapes, but none of them have been used to produce fine red wines. The origin of red wine grapes is Eastern Europe.
Red grapes have been around longer than white grapes. This was discovered through DNA testing. Talk about vintage!
White wines tend to be sweeter, producing an environment more likely to feed bacteria growth. To prevent this, sulfites often have to be added. However, this is not the case with red wine, which contains significantly less sulfites.
As stated earlier, the color of red wine comes from skin of the grapes. Peeling off the skin and then using the grapes will produce white wine. This technique for producing white wine is widely followed.
Red wine can be aged longer than white wine. Typically, red wine can be aged for as long as 20 to 25 years. White wine, on the other hand, cannot be aged nearly as long due to the lower tannin content which acts as a natural preservative in reds.