People all over the world enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or to wind down after a long day. However, nobody does wine quite like the Italians. Italy is globally renowned for its wines and tourists flock to the country to tour its wineries and bring bottles home to their loved ones. Even if you’re a wine drinker, however, you might be wondering what the differences actually are between white wine and red wine. This guide is here to teach you.
All wine, red, white, and rosé, is made from fermented grape juice, but there are distinctions between how white wine and red wine come to be. As you continue reading, you will discover some of these differences and, hopefully, come away with a slightly better understanding of what makes your favorite kind of wine unique.
The Types of Grapes
One of the main differences between white wine and red wine is that different sorts of grapes are used to make them. Green grapes, generally, are used for white wines (though some types do use red grapes), while red or black grapes are always used for red variations. If you are interested in learning more about what kind of grape is used to make a specific wine you love, read the label or contact the winery that created it directly.
The Fermentation Process
White wines and red wines are also fermented slightly differently, particularly in regard to the state of the grapes. For white wines, grapes’ skins, seeds, and stems are taken off before they are crushed and put into barrels. For red wines, on the other hand, grapes are crushed with their skins, seeds, and stems, and placed into the barrels that way. The fact that the skins are present throughout the fermentation process is a big part of what gives red wines their coloring.
Potential Health Benefits
Although there are no conclusive studies on the health benefits of drinking wine, certain scientific research has indicated that a glass of red wine per day can reduce the risk of heart problems. This is believed to be due to the fact that red wine contains a variety of antioxidants.
Even though reds do have more vitamins and antioxidants than their white counterparts, whites are generally lower in calories, so you need to determine what your personal priorities are in regard to what you consume.
If you are looking to become an expert, this is certainly not everything you need to know about how white wines and red wines are made. It is, however, a good start for anyone who wants to conduct further research and, for those who simply wanted some basic information, it should help you understand more about how your preferred wines are crafted. Next time you order wine with an Italian meal, ask your waiter to tell you where it came from and what type of grape was used. This will help you further expand your wine knowledge.
Join us at STRIP By Strega for expertly crafted seafood dishes, steak, and desserts. We have an extensive wine menu filled with red and white wines. If you’re a new wine drinker, our staff would be happy to help you make a selection