Vinification is the process that transforms the grapes into wine. The process of vinification differ from region to region, financial state of the winery and the grape types. The harvesting time and the type of oak used for aging are based on the region in which the wine grapes are grown.

Wine making process involves the following stages:

  • The first step in wine making process is Harvesting or Picking. Grapes should be harvested at the right time in order to make good wine. Harvesting can be done either mechanically or by hand.
  • The process of separating the grapes from the stems and cluster parts is called Destemming. Some of the wine makers keep some fragments of the stem to increase the wine tannin.
  • After destemming the grapes are crushed to extract the juice from the skin. This is done before the fermentation process begins. In the olden days bare feet is used to extract the grape juice, now a day machines like crushers are used.
  • Separation of grape juice and the skin is named as pressing. After crushing the grape juice will flow freely, selected wineries use pressers to make sure maximum juice is released.
  • Once the grapes are pressed they are introduced into the process of fermentation. During this process the grape juice are converted into alcoholic beverage. The yeast interacts with the sugar in the grape juice and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide.
  • Once the wine is purified and refined, they are preserved with sulfur dioxide or potassium sorbate. During the natural process of fermentation a minimum amount of sulfites are produced, but more is added for the use of commercial preservation.
  • Wines are aged for a particular amount of time to get more welcoming wine. Once after purification, the wines are moved to wooden barrels for aging. Metal vats, concrete vats and glass carboys are also used in some cases to increase the flavor.
  • After aging, the wines are bottled. During the process of bottling a final dose of sulfite is added to the wine to prevent it from uninvited fermentation in the bottle. The bottles are then sealed with cork and screw caps.

See this year's winners of the annual Roederer Awards, announced at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last night (12 September), including another accolade for Andrew Jefford.

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The 2017 winners.

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See this year's winners of the annual Roederer Awards, announced at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last night (12 September), including another accolade for Andrew Jefford.

roederer awards 2017 winners
The 2017 winners.

See the winners and short-listed entrants...

The post Winners revealed at Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2017 appeared first on Decanter.

See this year's winners of the annual Roederer Awards, announced at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last night (12 September), including another accolade for Andrew Jefford.

roederer awards 2017 winners
The 2017 winners.

Guests from across the wine writing world arrived at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last night for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2017.

Charles Metcalfe, chairman of the six judges, announced the winners and highlighted how competitive the awards has become, especially in the ‘online communicator’ category.

Among the winners, Andrew Jefford, a long-standing Decanter writer and World of Fine Wine columnist, picked up the ‘Mazzei international wine columnist of the year’ prize to add to his collection of Roederer trophies.

See the rest of the winners below, including the artistry prize.


See the full shortlist with the winners highlighted in bold

CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER ARTISTRY OF WINE AWARD 2017

– Tim Atkin MW
– Johan Berglund
– Gretchen Greer
– Árpád Pintér
George Rose
– Jon Wyand

CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER EMERGING WINE WRITER OF THE YEAR 2017

Morgan Dunn
– Christian Holthausen
– Miquel Hudin
– William Kelley
– Simon Reilly
– Sophie Thorpe

RAMOS PINTO ONLINE COMMUNICATOR 2017

– Tim Atkin MW
– Julia Harding
Richard Hemming
– Andrew Jefford
– Wink Lorch
– Ronald Washam

DOMAINE FAIVELEY INTERNATIONAL WINE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017

American Rhone: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the way Americans Drink Wine – Patrick J. Comiskey
I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting – Jamie Goode
Empire of Booze: British History through the Bottom of a Glass – Henry Jeffreys
Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power – John Szabo MS

DOMAINES OTT INTERNATIONAL FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR 2017

– Jon Bonné
– Nina Caplan
– Felicity Carter
– Alice Feiring
– Michael Fridjhon
– Rebecca Gibb MW
– William Kelley
– Rupert Millar
– Margaret Rand
– Simon Woolf

MAZZEI INTERNATIONAL WINE COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017

– Tim Atkin MW
– Jon Bonné
– Nina Caplan
– Andrea Frost
Andrew Jefford

PIO CESARE FOOD AND WINE WRITER OF THE YEAR 2017

– Fiona Beckett
– Nina Caplan
– Natasha Hughes MW
Dan Keeling
– Sophie Menin
– Matt Walls

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