Grape Tips Tuesday: 5 Common Wine Questions Answered

This Week In Wine 101: 5 Common Wine Questions Answered

This #TipTuesday we’d like to help you better understand wine because there seems to be so much to know. So here are 5 of the most common wine questions (and answers) we receive, answered as simply as possible. This is Grape Tips Tuesday where our goal is to educate you about wine and related topics, thereby boosting your confidence in all things wine. Pretty soon you’ll be the one schooling all your friends and family at the next office or dinner party.

 

#1: Why Do Some Wines Give Me A Headache?

The most likely cause is the histamines in wine. Red wines tend to have higher levels of histamines, because as they age on their skins for pigment, tannin and flavors, the histamine levels increase. If a favorite wine of yours (usually) gives you a headache you can prevent it by taking an antihistamine before you start drinking.

 

#2: Is Drinking Wine Good For You?

Wine is full of healthy compounds, including tannins, polyphenols, and the magic ingredient, resveratrol. Studies show that moderate wine consumption, which is a glass or two a day, can lower a persons risk of heart attack by 30% to 50% for middle aged individuals. Other studies have also shown that red wine can raise your good cholesterol, while lowering the bad. The wine with the highest levels of resveratrol is the red wine varietal Pinot Noir. This is definitely a wine you should try and this is great news for those Pinot Noir growers of Germany, Austria, Oregon and California!

 

#3: How Long Does Wine Last Once Opened?

Once opened, a wine can last for a day or two; however, here are a few GRAPE TIPS to help them last longer for you:
1) Recork (or seal) and refrigerate wine bottles if you’re not planning to finish the remaining wine once opened. Wine begins to age or spoil more rapidly once opened because it’s directly interacting with the oxygen. Refrigerating the wine will slow down this process.

2) Removing the oxygen from the bottle helps prevent the wine from spoiling as well. (A) You can use a vacuum pump to remove the oxygen from the bottle or (B) you can replace the air by adding an inert gas to the bottle. The inert gas displaces the oxygen and provides a protective shield over the wine from oxygen. These can be found in most large and specialty wine stores.

 

#4: What’s The Best Way To Store Wine?

FACT: Wines are affected by heat, light, and vibration. The tricks to storing wine are simple.
1) Keep the temperature below 70°F.
2) Keep it in the dark.
3) Store the bottle on its side.
4) Leave the bottle alone, until of course you’re ready to enjoy it!

 

#5: What Does Vintage Mean?

“Vintage” simply refers to the year the grapes for any particular wine were harvested. A vintage wine may include only grapes from the vintage specified, though many regions do allow a small percentage of an adjacent vintage’s wine to be added to a blend while still allowing it to be called a vintage wine. Non-vintage wines are generally blends of various vintages. A lot of Champagne’s are also non-vintage as this allows the Champagne house to maintain a consistent style from year to year, no matter what the weather brings.

 

We hope this week’s Tuesday Tip was not only helpful but but will inspire you to keep learning & sharing knowledge about wine. If you have any questions, comments or tips you’d like to share feel free to leave them below or drop us a line at info@thegrape.com. Cheers!

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