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.

Gerard Basset MS MW is a vice-chair in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) 2018.

Gerard Basset MS MW
Gerard Basset MS MW

Vice-Chair Gerard Basset MS MW was Decanter’s Man of the Year 2013.

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Gerard Basset MS MW is a vice-chair in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) 2018.

Gerard Basset MS MW
Gerard Basset MS MW

Vice-Chair Gerard Basset MS MW was Decanter’s Man of the Year 2013.

The post DAWA vice-chair: Gerard Basset MS MW appeared first on Decanter.

Gerard Basset MS MW is a vice-chair in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) 2018.

Gerard Basset MS MW
Gerard Basset MS MW

Gerard Basset MS MW

Gerard Basset MS MW qualified as a chef and sommelier in his native France before moving to England in the mid-1980s, where he embarked on a career as a sommelier. Currently owning Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest with his wife Nina, Basset has an obvious flair for business and previously co-founded the Hotel du Vin, which was sold in 2004 after having successfully opened six additional hotels.

Basset was named Decanter’s Man of the Year 2013, holds the prestigious title of Best Sommelier of the World 2010, and is the only person in the world to simultaneously be a Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and hold a Wine MBA, more recently adding the MSc in Wine Management from the OIV.

In addition, he has been awarded Best Sommelier of the UK several times, as well as Best International Sommelier for French Wines in 1992 and Best Sommelier of Europe in 1996. Basset has been named Personality of the Year by both IWC and Harper’s, Industry Legend by Imbibe magazine, and in 2011 he received an OBE by The Princess Royal at Windsor Castle.

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