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.
Leftover rose wine

Ideas for bottles of rosé that may be past their best drinking days...

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Leftover rose wine

Ideas for bottles of rosé that may be past their best drinking days...

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Leftover rose wine

Philip Galbraith, by email, asks: I have some remaining bottles of a 2016 Languedoc rosé that is still okay to drink but starting to lose its original fruity freshness.

So I can get through it quickly, can you suggest any interesting ways I could make use of it?

Fiona Beckett, a Decanter contributing editor and wine columnist for The Guardian, replies: Rosé thrives on its freshness, but so long as it’s actually still drinkable it should be fine in any dish for which you’d normally reach for a glass of white wine – a light dish of sautéed chicken for example, or, even better, rabbit.

You could also use it to poach fruit such as peaches or apricots, with sugar obviously. You’ll need about 100g to a bottle of rosé depending how sweet your rosé is.

If you want to make a virtue of the colour, use a slightly darker rosé.

(If you want to boost the fruity flavour, you could always add a dash of peach liqueur like RinQuinQuin or an orange curaçao.)

You could also – and this would be great for late summer evenings in the garden – use it as a base for a rosé sangria, with summer fruits such as peaches, strawberries and raspberries and a good splosh of Cointreau or Grand Marnier.

Sweeten to taste with sugar syrup, leave to infuse for 20 minutes in the fridge and dilute, if you like, with a little soda or sparkling water.

This question first appeared in the September 2019 issue of Decanter magazine.


See also:

How long can you keep wine open?

What can you do with leftover wine? 

Does rose wine age well?

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