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.
Wine Country film review
The characters exploring Napa Valley

Reminding us that wine doesn’t have to be so serious...

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Wine Country film review
The characters exploring Napa Valley

Reminding us that wine doesn’t have to be so serious...

The post Wine Country film review: Parodying the ‘snobby’ side of wine appeared first on Decanter.

Wine Country film review
The characters exploring Napa Valley

Filmed in Napa Valley and featuring an all-star, female cast of Saturday Night Live alum, including Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, and Paula Pell, Wine Country hits Netflix on Friday 10th May 2019.

It’s a familiar scene. A rowdy group of women—perhaps they’re celebrating a bachelorette party, or in this case, a milestone birthday—walk into a winery.

They’re there to drink and have a good time, to catch up with each other on topics of relationships, children, and work, to reminisce about old times, and temporarily escape from whatever tough times they may be going through.

Wine Country serves to remind us all that wine doesn’t have to be so serious.’

As for the wine? It’s simply the match that fires up these deep, meaningful, and yes, sometimes silly conversations.

‘I do not want to learn about wine on this trip,’ groans Jenny (played by writer Emily Spivey), cutting off the bus driver midway through his history of wine spiel, and the women turn the music up over him.

Groups like this can be a tasting room’s worst nightmare, but these longtime girlfriends act surprisingly tame – I had expected something that really crossed the line.

Instead, their worst offenses in the film were anticlimactic: chugging – not savouring – a reserve Cabernet (the horror!) and walking through an organic vineyard after they were specifically instructed not to.

The real joke, it turns out, is on the wine educators. They come off as patronizing, treating these mature, middle-aged women as if they’re dimwit children, speaking slowly to them with exaggerated annunciation.

One employee attempts to educate by quizzing them on advanced wine terms that the average wine consumer wouldn’t know, like tartrates. She then refers to them as “wine diamonds,” as though making it sound shiny will reverse their obvious disinterest.

At another winery, a male employee asks the women what aromas they’re smelling in the wine.

‘There are no wrong answers,’ he says, until Rebecca, Rachel Dratch’s character, throws out canned peaches and jasmine.

‘No. That’s egregious,’ he says, shaking his head in disgust.

‘Pinot-gregious,’ Rebecca claps back.

This stereotype of wineries operating with a touch of snobbery and pretension isn’t new.

These satirical scenarios may be the extreme, but Wine Country serves to remind us all that wine doesn’t have to be so serious.


See also: Somm 3 review: How it compares to the first two

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