Different Types Of Grapes That Are Used For My Favorite Wines

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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…show more content…
Tannins are usually only used in red wine, to give it color, so the stem and skin is very important in the making of red wine. (Snyder, n.d.). As stated above, certain types of wine are made with certain grapes. Most white wines are made with light colored grapes. They can also be made from black grapes, because the juice in these grapes is clear, (Snyder, n.d.). White wines can be dry or sweet. Some examples of dry white wines are Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and my personal favorite Sauvignon Blanc. Red wines are made from grapes with a darker tint, red or blue. Most grapes have clear juices, so to make the wine red, the skin has to remain in the juices during fermentation, (Snyder, n.d.). These dark tints can be seen in popular red wines, like Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet. The difference in making the two wines is that with red wine, there is more pressing of the grapes, to release tannins and color, (OregonWines.com staff, 2016). Another difference is what the wine is aged in. Most red wines are aged in oak. “Oak helps intensify and it adds richness to the wine,” (OregonWines.com staff, 2016). Another type of wine that is Rosé. Rosé wines are made from black grapes (Snyder, n.d.). Rosé’s have a light pink color. Rosé’s are not red because the grape skins are removed after a few hours after contact (Snyder, n.d.). The skins soak just
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