Different Types Of Grapes That Are Used For My Favorite Wines

1254 Words Apr 12th, 2016 6 Pages
As weird as it sounds, wine was always a part of my life growing up. I would see my parents, aunts and uncles drinking it every Sunday at my Grandmas. When I turned 21, my mom was so excited to take me to my first wine tasting. Now, whenever I go home to visit, my mom and I make sure to go for a winetasting. I decided to use this project as an opportunity to learn about the different types of grapes that are used for my favorite wines.
“There are over 8000 known and named varieties of grapes, but only 60 are good for wine making (Wine Institute, 12). These facts go to show just how important grapes are to wine making. Not ever grape is meant to go in wine. To get the right flavor, and color, the wine maker must strategically plant and harvest a certain type of wine. “All the grapevines used for winemaking are from the Vitis vinifera family. Growing season begins in spring, when the warm weather brings out new shoots on the pruned vines,” (Wine Institute, 12). The season can go until November (Wine Institute, 12).
According to an article, written by Kim Meyers, “grapes are the only fruit that have the necessary acids, esters, and tannins to consistently make natural and stable wine,” (Meyers, 2014). Not every wine is made with the same grapes. Generally, darker grapes are used for red wines and lighter grapes make white, or fruit wines. Dark and light grapes come in all different colors. Darker colors range from red, purple and blue. Lighter grapes can be green, gold or…
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