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.
Best screw cap wines for summer

No need for a corkscrew...

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Best screw cap wines for summer

No need for a corkscrew...

The post Best screw cap wine: Summer picks appeared first on Decanter.

Best screw cap wines for summer

There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine al fresco in the summer – but what if you forget to bring a corkscrew to your picnic or barbecue?

Screw cap wine is the solution, and below we’ve listed some top summer screw cap choices picked by Decanter’s experts.


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For some time, screw cap wines – or ‘screwcaps’ – were thought of with disdain. But that’s no longer the case. The new world – particularly New Zealand and Australia – led the way by introducing screw cap wines to supermarket and wine merchant’s shelves, and have demonstrated the closure’s benefits to the wider world for over two decades.

It’s a perfect closure for retaining freshness in aromatic white wines that are made to drink soon after bottling (think Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio). Certain modern screw caps can allow precise amounts of oxygen into a wine, making them great for ageing red wines that would traditionally have required a cork – without any risk of TCA (‘cork taint’).

And best of all? They’re quick and easy to open and require nothing but a spare hand!


See also:

  • Bag in box wine: What to buy and why

  • Best Provence rosés for under £20/$30

  • Picnic wine recommendations for the summer

  • Storing screw cap bottles – ask Decanter 

  • Should you put ice cubes in wine?


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Each wine is unique. Soil, weather, geology, varietals, and the style of wine making, are all decisive yet variable factors that give each wine a unique character.
Each wine is unique. Soil, weather, geology, varietals, and the style of wine making, are all decisive yet variable factors that give each wine a unique character.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

Laurel Gray Vineyards

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