Red, White or Rosé for your Personalised Wine Bottle?itsyourbottle
Here at Its Your Bottle we love producing personalised wine bottles for all our customers, whether it’s for a wedding, birthday or a Corporate Gift. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether the gift should be White, Red or a Rosé, hopefully we can explain a little about each variety and help you decide what to pick for your Personalised Wine!
White, Red and Rosé… what are they? And what are the differences between them? There is a lot more difference than just colour and taste.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that white wine comes from white grapes, whilst red wine comes from red grapes. Although this would seem logical, its not exactly true. Both the red and white grapes produce a white juice, it’s the skin, seeds and production process that produces the end colour and taste
As we discussed above, white wine can come from any type of grape, although the majority do come from white grapes. The characteristics of the white wine are made because the grape juice is fermented alone, i.e. the seeds, skin and pulp is removed before fermentation.
White wines can vary wildly, from sweet to dry, but usually consist of floral, fruity and fresh tastes. The sweetness / dryness of the wine is primarily dictated by the amount of sugar in the wine, and its alcohol content.
Most white wines are not aged beyond 1 or 2 years, and are produced in large stainless steel tanks. Some exceptions to this rule do apply, certain varieties are aged within oak barrels to add flavour and depth.
Although a white wine can be made from any colour grape, a red wine must be made from a red grape. Red wine is made from the juice, skin and seeds of the grape, this is what gives the wine colour and taste.
There are many variations in the fermenting process of red wine, but the general rule is that the grapes are fermented with their skins left on, it is the pigment from the skin that then leeches out to produce the colour.
The thickness of the skin will determine the taste of the resulting wine, a thicker skin will produce a more full bodied wine. Whereas a thinner skinned grape will release less tannin into the wine, and therefore a lighter wine will result.
The variety of red wine being produced will determine how the wine is aged. if the wine is to be fresh and fruity, the winemaker will age the wine in steel containers. Whereas if the wine is to be deep and full bodied, it will be aged within Wooden barrels to induce further taste notes.
The third popular type of wine is Rosé
In a similar way to Red wines, rosé’s are not made from white grapes. The wine begins to ferment in a similar method to red wine in which the skins and seeds are left in the tank, but then removed much sooner than they would be for a red wine. They are usually only left together for a few hours before being removed.