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.
Spiced Rum Bottles
Spiced Rums Bottles

Rum is one of the oldest distilled spirits in the world. Originally the idea of adding spices to it was a highly practical attempt to mask the imperfections in early distilling practices – as with botanicals in gin.   As distilling techniques improved and drinking habits changed, spiced rum settled into a small niche, dominated […]

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Spiced Rum Bottles
Spiced Rums Bottles

Rum is one of the oldest distilled spirits in the world. Originally the idea of adding spices to it was a highly practical attempt to mask the imperfections in early distilling practices – as with botanicals in gin.   As distilling techniques improved and drinking habits changed, spiced rum settled into a small niche, dominated […]

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Spiced Rum Bottles
Spiced Rums Bottles

Rum is one of the oldest distilled spirits in the world. Originally the idea of adding spices to it was a highly practical attempt to mask the imperfections in early distilling practices – as with botanicals in gin.  

As distilling techniques improved and drinking habits changed, spiced rum settled into a small niche, dominated by crowd-pleasing brands such as Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold (£13.75/70cl, Asda, Amazon, Master of Malt, Tesco. Alc 35%). With its rich, sweet, vanilla and caramel flavour the Captain is perfect for parties. 

But if you prefer a more sophisticated sipping experience or want to mix up some creatively spicy rum cocktails, there is a growing selection of artisan spiced rums to choose from. We’ve rounded up eight of the best…

Spiced rums to try

Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum, St Lucia

£20-£24.47/70cl, Amazon, Master of Malt, Waitrose

A deep mahogany blend of aged rums, steeped with native Caribbean bois bandé tree bark and spices including nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. You’ll notice those spices on the nose, along with bitter orange and dried fruit notes, leading to a rich, complex palate of sweet spices beautifully balanced by fresh citrus. Versatile enough for sipping or mixing – and great value for money too. Alc 40%

Elements Eight Exotic Spices, St Lucia

£31.31-£30.83/70cl, Amazon, The Drink Shop, Master of Malt

This artisan rum is made with a spice mix that includes cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and star anise, but thanks to honey, vanilla and coconut – and ageing in bourbon barrels – it’s got a sweeter taste profile than many spiced rums. Aromas of citrus, dried orange peel and cloves are followed by a mellow palate, with ginger and nutmeg notes on the finish. Alc 40% 

Foursquare Spiced Rum, Barbados

£21.99-£27/70cl, Amazon, Master of Malt, Simply Wines Direct, The Whisky Exchange

If you’re looking for a subtly spiced rum, then Foursquare is an ideal choice. Harmonious notes of cinnamon, cloves and vanilla sit alongside sweet flavours of toffee apple, barley sugar and gingerbread on the palate. A versatile rum in cocktails, Foursquare makes a great Bajan Mule: a fresh mix of ginger ale, Angostura bitters and lime. Alc 37.5%

Pineapple Grenade Overproof Spiced Rum, Guyana

£32.25-£33.95/50cl, 31Dover, Amazon, Booths, Drink Finder, Majestic, Master of Malt, Selfridges, The Whisky Exchange, Twisted Cellar 

Using a base of molasses rum from Guyana’s Diamond Distillery, Manchester’s Rockstar Spirits produces an eye-catching range of spiced rums. The pineapple and salted caramel flavours of Pineapple Grenade is a winner in knock-out Tiki cocktails; you’ll also find Passionfruit and Grapefruit Grenades. But if you prefer a more sedate 38% abv, opt for Captain Webb’s Two Swallows Spiced. Alc 64% 

Sailor Jerry Spiced, US Virgin Islands

£19.99-£21/70cl, Master of Malt, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco

This Caribbean rum was named in honour of the famous tattoo artist ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins. The original recipe was altered slightly in 2010 (causing much debate) producing a spicier, less sweet rum. With notes of Christmas spices – especially cinnamon and vanilla – plus black pepper, it makes a cracking spiced Mojito or Spiced Rum Old Fashioned. Alc 40%

The Duppy Share Spiced, Jamaica & Barbados

£23.95-£33.99/70cl, Amazon, Master of Malt, Selfridges, The Whisky Exchange

A blend of Caribbean rums from Jamaica’s Worthy Park distillery and Foursquare in Barbados (see above), this has exuberant fruity aromas of fresh pineapple and caramelised roast pineapple, plus creamy butterscotch. Sweet and fruity, the palate is packed with pineapple; warm brown baking spices and dried ginger lounge across the mellow finish, with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Try it in rum punch or a Pineapple Daiquiri. Alc 37.5%

The Kraken Black Spiced ‘Unknown Deep’, Trinidad & Tobago

£36.75/70cl, Amazon

This Caribbean rum is named after a legendary sea monster, and its latest limited-edition ‘Unknown Deep’ tentacled black bottle would look right at home on a pirate ship. Dark brown, with spicy black treacle aromas, plus mellow fruity top notes. The sweet, velvety palate has a hit of balancing spice. Layers of flavour: toffee, black treacle, Garibaldi biscuits, dried fruit, some fresher citrus and lots of dark spice on the long finish. £1 from the sale of each Unknown Deep bottle is donated to the ocean conservation charity Project Aware. Alc 40%

Two Drifters Spiced Rum, UK

£33.30-£38/70cl, Christopher Piper Wines, John Lewis, Master of Malt, Virgin Wines

The environmentally friendly Two Drifters Distillery in Devon has a focus on sustainability, meaning their rums have a carbon-negative footprint. Made from fermented molasses, this is light golden brown in colour; the sweet and spicy nose shows banana toffee and tropical fruit. The palate is light, with an emphasis on dry, woody spices; notes of cardamom, aniseed and liquorice linger on the finish. One for sipping, rather than mixing. Alc 40%

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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.

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