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.
Total Wine

Highlights from the largest independent retailer of fine wine in the US

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Total Wine

Highlights from the largest independent retailer of fine wine in the US

The post Total Wine: the best US buys appeared first on Decanter.

Total Wine

Established in 1991 by brothers, Robert and David Trone, Total Wine began as a small single store in Claymont, Delaware. Today it is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland and operates 212 stores across 25 states.

Consumers can count on a broad selection both online and in-store. Most locations carry a robust inventory from more than 8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits and 2,500 different beers. 

From boutique imports to everyday blends, customers have diverse options in terms of style, region and price. 

Competitive pricing – with decent discounts on purchases of six wines or more – is a cornerstone of Total Wine’s market success. Lower pricing is something Total Wine has fought legally in states that institute minimum pricing structures for beverage retailers. 

Technological innovations

Where Total Wine continues to set itself apart is through the use of savvy technology. Wine-pairing apps integrate with its inventory, while user-friendly ‘get-to-know-you’ video collections highlight specific wineries.

Do you love the wines of fifth-generation winemaker Joe Wagner? Using Total Wine’s Legends of Wine Collection video app, consumers who grew up on his Meiomi Pinot Noir can discover his latest releases, like the 2018 Vennstone – a $20 fruit-forward Pinot Noir made from vineyards in Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties. 

Each AVA is designed to bring a unique character to the wine – all of which is explained through the videos. ‘Sonoma County brings its bright berry flavours and mineral flavours,’ Wagner tells interested buyers. ‘Monterey County gives its rich earth notes and Santa Barbara drives the finish with its baking spice and silkiness.’ 

Through Total Wine’s Winery Direct partnership programs (of which Vennstone is an example), customers have direct access to wines which may not enjoy distribution and availability through other retail avenues.

For customer education, Total Wine offers online virtual tastings and live-stream events with noted winemakers both in store via big screens, or for wine lovers to engage with at home.

In 30 years, Total Wine has arguably met its mission of being the largest independent retailer of fine wine in the US.

Decanter’s pick from Total Wine

The wines below are a mix of those from the Total Wine portfolio, with the most recently tasted at the top of the list

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