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    • Basic Wine

      Knowing main types of wine is the first good step to start knowing the world of wine. Although many people may think that identifying wines into such the red or white wine can be as simple as using your eye to classify the color, each wine type actually has its own character and identity which according to grape varieties and wine region and also including tannin level, aroma and bouquet, sweet, and alcohol level which all affect the flavors in some way.

       

      1. White Wine

      White wine is a type of wine such as Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc.

       

      Many of you may understand that white wine is made of white grapes alone, but actually it can be either red or black grapes. The exact way to make white wine is to extract the red pigments away and utilize on grape juice only. Mostly, white wine will provide flavor character including bright, savory, and creamy based on the inputs. Recommended varieties for wine beginners are Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Moscato.

       

      2. Red Wine

      Red wine is a type of wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Nior.

      Production of red wine is quite similar to making white wine but only with the addition of grape skin, grape pip and seed incorporated into the fermentation process. Red wine will be fermented in higher temperature, to extract color, tannin, aroma and flavors with different level of concentration varies by duration of fermentation.

      Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel can also be a good choice to start with for wine beginners.

       

      3. Rose Wine

      Rose wine is a type of wine with a pink rose color is made from red or black grape

      Rose wine with a pink rose color is made from red or black grape with a short fermentation time, about 12-36 hours only. However, there is another popular style to make this Rose, by just straight away blending red wine and white wine together. The flavor of this wine ranges from dry to sweet and comes with a pale to dark pink color and a lower level of tannin.

       

      4. Dessert or Sweet Wine

      Dessert or sweet wine is a type of wine such as Port, Tawny or Sherry.

      There is no constant definition for Dessert or Sweet wine. Mostly, it is because of the character of sweetness itself with the occasion of serving with desserts after the meal. But in some countries such as United Kingdom, people usually drink sweet white wine as an aperitif, before the meal, and sweet red wine to rinse their palate after. Sweet wine can be categorized into Port, Tawny, or Sherry and so on.

       

      5. Sparkling Wine

      Sparkling wine is a type of wine such as Cava, Asti, Prosecco and champagne.

      When thinking of Sparkling wine, we will be reminded of a celebration. The sparkling bubbles from carbon dioxide (CO2) occur naturally or specifically are added during the fermentation process.

      Sparkling wine can be categorized further by region, for example; Cava in Spain, Asti or Prosecco from Italy and Champagne from the Champagne region in France.

       

      The content in this article helps you choose the wine you prefer matching the right glass and food. If you want to learn more in details about wine culture, we encourage you to read these stories. Start with "Popular varieties of grapes used to make wine", and "Wine Region".

      Edited by Lucaris 23 Jun `16, 5:48PM
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    • If you ever wanted to be a wine expert, you need to know and master the basics first. Knowing grape varieties and wine regions are the most basic that all wine beginners and wine lovers should know. This is because both will help you be able to analyze characteristics of wines and labels on wine bottles.

      Wine Regions Top 5

      1. France

      One thing that many of wine experts would think of when it comes to a country that has the most famous wineries and their techniques/styles become very well-known and use all over the world. That’s right, It’s France!

       

      France is one of the country that produces wine the most on earth. The amount that is yearly made by this country is approximately 5000-6000 million liter or around 7-8 billion bottles. Not to mention that classic brands like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shira, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay are originated in France. Also, very famous wineries such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne are reside in France as well.

       

      2. Italy

      Italy is another country that produces old world wine mainly. Italy wine production rate is around 4,500-5,000 million liter per year and considered to be one of the biggest wine exporters in the world.  Not only that, Italy acutally has a very high rate of wine consumption as well, approximately 42 liters per person! Thus, 1 million acre of vineyard including Veneto and Tuscany locate all over Italy are dedicate to maintain all of italian wine lovers.

       

      3. United States of America

      The United States of America is ranked below France, Italy, and Spain in wine production. Unexpectedly, 90% USA’s wine comes from California state that has famous wineries such as Napa Valley and Sonoma county where Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most pick grape varieties.

       

      4. Australia

      In Australia, wine isn’t just a beverage but it is actually a massive industry that stimulates the country’s economy, employment rate, and tourism. Australia produces approximately 750 million liter per year. Unfortunately, only 40% of the population consumes wines. The main grape varieties of Australia are Shiraz and Chardonnay.

       

      5. Chile

      The last country that is considered to be the biggest wine exporter is Chile. The charm of Chilean wines come from the perfect mix of France and Pacific coast weather conditions.The must try wines when you are in Chile are Cabernet Sauvignon red wine, Merlot red wine, and especially Carmenere red wine from Carmenere grape that is originated in Bordeaux, France but rarely can be found nowadays.

       

      Edited by FireIce 23 Jun `16, 2:06PM
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    • Are crystal wine glasses safe?

      Are crystal wine glasses safe

      Many of you might question whether crystal glass with lead contained is safe for us wine lovers especially when it is produced as wine glass or decanter that is used to store liquid substance such as wine for a quite long time.

      Although there is no official research claiming that a crystal glass is dangerous for usage, but in terms of production, lead oxide is very harmful to environment and production staff. An awareness of hazardous lead oxide and incoming health trends encourages glassware business owners to create lead-free crystal glasses that are similar in physical appearance, clarity, and durability to normal crystal glasses but not harmful to our health and the environment.

      What about crystal wine glasses that are on the shelves in shopping centers? How can you trust if those glasses are lead-free? To relieve your worries, Lucaris is your absolute answer! All the Lucaris crystal glasses are lead-free and barium-free which are safe for our health and environment.

       

       

      How to differentiate a crystal wine glass from normal wine glass

      differentiate a crystal wine glass from normal wine glass

      Thickness : A crystal wine glass will always be thinner than a regular wine glass to ensure that a wine lover will be able to enjoy drinking wine to its fullest.

      Clarity : One reason why a crystal wine glass is more popular than a regular wine glass among wine lovers is because of its clarity. Clarity of a crystal wine glass is considerably clearer than normal wine glass and therefore there is no interruption for discovering colors of wine.

      Weight : Another trick to distinguish a crystal wine glass from normal wine glass is to hold both glasses at the same time, and whichever glass is heavier will always be a crystal glass.

       

      Sound : The sound “clink!” during toasting is another charm of a crystal wine glass that normal wine glass can’t do. A crystal glass will always produce better sound than a normal glass. This can be tested by simply wet your index finger and then lightly rub your wet finger along the rim of a wine glass. Another possible method is to do a toast between two glasses. Toasting between crystal glasses will create vibrant sound whereas dull sound is a result of toasting between normal glasses. However, please keep in mind that toasting between wine glasses could potentially result in injuries if not careful. Thus, our next topic is to teach you how to do a proper toasting without risking your beautiful hands!    

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