The Colour of Wine


Hey Tasters! When you’re about to taste
the glass of wine, don’t! Instead slow down and consciously engage your
senses. Wine tasting starts with your sense of style. Wine tasting starts with
your sense of sight. Slightly tilt your wine glass against a white background,
a napkin is fine, and observe the colour and ask yourself some questions. First things
first, is the wine in your glass red, white or rose? And now look more closely at
the appearance of your wine. What shade of red, white or rose would you say
you’re looking at? Remember wine tasting is subjective and it’s okay to disagree
with others. Red wines can take on a range of red hues that may remind you of
ruby or garnet stones, pomegranates or berries,
sometimes even red brick. White wines can look almost as clear as water or a faint
green or yellow. Richer hues such as gold and amber are also possible. Rose
wines can look like a range of pinks. Anything from pale pink or sugar pink,
even hot neon. Sometimes the color is close to salmon, other times it’s almost
a copper tinted pink. So what does it look like to you? And now consider how
deep is the color of wine. Is it pale medium
or dark? Deeper shades can be almost opaque, while lighter shades can be
almost translucent. Here’s a quick tip, can you read the text on your smartphone
screen through the wine? If not then you definitely have an
opaque rich wine. So what does the color of wine mean? All these observations about
wine color provide little clues that can help you piece together some information
about the wine you’re about to taste. Here are some broad guidelines to get
you started. The darker the color of wine, the longer the juice was left in contact
with the grape skin. Because only the juice is fermented to produce white
wines, most white wines are practically transparent. White wine has minimal
contact with grape skins, for example Sauvignon Blanc, expect it to taste light
crisp and refreshing. Orange wines in contrast are rather unconventional white
wines. The skins are actually left on during fermentation, this produces white
wines that are unusually tannic and spicy. Although made with white grapes
they acquire a deep orange hue. If the wine you’re looking at is a deeper yellow,
then it’s likely that this wine has been aged in oak barrels. The taste will be
richer and more mellow, for example an oaked Chardonnay. For red wine the same
rule applies, the lighter the color the lighter the wine. Either there was less
contact between the juice and the grape skins, or the grape variety has thin
skins such as Pinot Noir. The richer the red color, the richer the taste you
should expect. A very dark red wine such as a Bordeaux blend has been aged
in oak barrels. Dark wines tend to be very tannic. However, if you’re lucky enough
to taste an aged wine, and by aged I mean more than ten years, then you should
bear in mind that wine color changes as wine ages. White wines get slightly
darker as they mature becoming more amber, almost brown. This is not unlike
the process that causes a green apple to turn brown as it oxidizes. Red wines
however lose color as they age becoming more brick or orange looking. As the wine
softens it becomes less tannic and the color breaks down. That’s why older
bottles of wine always have gritty sediment at the bottom. It’s the lost
color. And there you have it tasters, take the time to observe the
wine in your glass and it will reveal all its secrets to you. Let me know your
thoughts on wine color in a comment below. Thanks for liking this video and
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