Let’s raise a toast to the wonderful varieties of grapes that make all the difference in a wine. They not only give colour but also add some flavour and texture to the wine. So if you love your vino, then you ought to know the grapes that go in its making. Learn with All About Eve the different kinds of grapes so next time you can select your wine like a pro.
Red wine is made with the pulp of red or black grapes. They are fermented along with their skin, which gives it a distinct colour. The rich, full-bodied flavour is just right for this season.
The Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot, Pinot Noir
Pair it with: Pair Shiraz with authentic French food. If Italian is on your mind, Zinfandel is your thing. With low alcohol content and a sweet taste, it goes well with red sauce dishes. Pasta or anything with marinara sauce complements Zinfandel.
White wine is made with either red or white grapes. The major difference between red and white is that the juice is fermented without the grape skin. It can taste either rich and creamy or light and zesty.
The Grapes: Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Blanc, Moscato, Riesling
Pair it with: Wines such as Pinot Grigio have a great fruity acidic taste. They go well with rich, creamy sauces to cut through the heaviness.
Rosé is made in many ways but the most popular way is to let the white grape juice come in contact with dark grapes skin for a short while that creates a beautiful light pink colour. It often comes in fruity flavours and leaves behind a memorable aftertaste.
The Grapes: Grenache, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir Rosé, Syrah
Pair it with: Fruity rosé goes well with seafood as well as heavy proteins such as lamb and duck. If you are having a party, then serve sparkling, dry rosé with fruit cakes or tarts.
Sparkling wine is often made with white wine that undergoes secondary fermentation by adding carbon dioxide to it. The best one will create the most even and fine bubbles when poured. And undoubtedly, sparkling wine has the best aroma out of all varieties as the bubbles release a sweet scent.
The Grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc
Pair it with: The most popular sparkling variety is Champagne. It tastes amazing just on its own. You can also pair it with seafood with cream sauce, grilled fish and light entrees such as fresh salad and scallops.
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