The Reason Red Wines Are Red and White Wines Are White

Have you ever really thought about what makes red wine red and white wine white? Do you know what actually gives both of them their colors? Many people don’t really give it much though or do much research on it, they usually just pop the bottle and drink it. If you’re interested, we’re going to show you the reason that red wines are red and why white wines are white. The reason red wine is RED: • The fermenting juice is left in contact with the grape or berry skins. • The fruits are not put through a press that removes the juice from the skin immediately. • They are crushed and left to ferment with the juice and thus the alcohol actually extracts the anthocyan pigments (which are darkly colored), out of the skins, making the juice turn red. • The color isn’t the only thing that the wine gets from the skin. It gets tannins and other flavors as well. The reason white wine is WHITE: • White wine isn’t only made from white grapes. It can be made from red grapes as well. • The grapes are pressed right after they are harvested and there is little contact made between the juice and the skin. • Red grapes are more often used to make sparkling wines and wines bottles as ‘blanc de rouges’. If you are looking for professional grade wine storage for your wine collection than give us a call to discuss the climate controlled and secure wine storage options, we have available to keep your fine wines safely stored in our wine storage facility in New Jersey.



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