Nowadays, there is a large assortment of alcoholic products, including wines, on the shelves of different stores. Most of us do not know how to choose not only delicious wine, but also not very harmful to the body. The overwhelming majority of people know little information about wine.
They only know that wine can be red, white, sweet, semisweet and dry. This knowledge is usually enough. Problems begin when you need to choose a good wine in the store. We will consider important nuances, which should be taken into account when choosing wine.
It is believed that the quality of wine can only be determined by professionals (sommeliers), and it is beyond the strength of a common person. In fact, wine is an ordinary commodity with simple characteristics, which everyone can understand. Remember the following tips and your purchase will always be good:
#1. Choose only sweet or dry wine. No semi-sweet and semi-dry wines. Such wines are made from the worst and cheapest varieties of grape and even from the waste of good wine.
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#2. A bottle of good wine should be clearly specified by the manufacturer. If the manufacturer's name is hidden or it is very small, then this wine will not be very tasty.
#3. Also, when choosing good wine, look at the year of its harvest. If there is no such data, then this wine is made using concentrates.
#4. It is desirable that the counter label has a list of varieties of grapes. It is written "from the best sorts" very often on cheap wine. Most likely, these are only remnants from the best grape varieties. The exception is France, it is not allowed to indicate which sort of grape was used to make wine (it is not allowed only for the wine which is sold within the country, it is not forbidden for export).
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#5. Considering how to choose wine, it is worth mentioning one more minor detail. This is the region where grapes were grown. It is desirable that it is also specified, otherwise it may appear that not high-quality grapes are used.
#6. The aging time of wine in a barrel and in a bottle should be indicated on the bottle of good wine. Some unscrupulous manufacturers do not point it out. This is done in order to sell not very successful wine that was not kept in barrels.
#7. If the manufacturer meets all the cooking conditions, then the bottle will have a level of national quality control. Here are some examples of notation: for France - AOC, VindePays, VindeTable; for Italy - DOCG, DOC, IGT, VdT. How to choose wine and not to get confused? There is a simple rule: the closer to the letter "A" the name of the quality control category begins, the better this wine is. From two equally beginning categories, chose the one which name is longer.
#8. Another interesting way to choose good wine is the name of the distributor or importer. When you have chosen good expensive wine, pay attention to the company that provides its import. After that, look at cheap wines, if this importer is found on them, then this wine, most likely, should not be bought.
Prices for wine largely depend on the method and where the wine was made and what classification it belongs to. Depending on its age, wine can be Beaujolais, ordinary, aged, vintage and collection. Classification of wine by the variety of composition is divided into single-grained wines and mixed wines. Classification of wine by the mass share of sugar: dry, sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry and dessert.
Classification of wine in terms of alcohol content is divided into ordinary wines (a small amount of alcohol) and fortified (18 – 23 degrees). Classification of wine by the content of carbon dioxide is divided into sparkling and quiet types of wine.
Quiet wine does not contain carbon dioxide, and sparkling wine in turn is divided according to the degree of pressure in the bottle. Wine can be red, white and pink. It should be noted that red wine contains resveratrol, a substance that protects the nerve cells of the brain from damage.
When choosing a bottle of wine, pay special attention to the cork. It should not leak or be over dry. Modern wine corks are made of wood and plastic. Although plastic does not dry up, wooden corks are preferable, since they do not affect the taste and the smell of wine. First, after opening the bottle, experienced sommeliers sniff the cork. If it has a musty smell, you can not drink wine, it is spoiled.
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