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.
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What major retailers are offering in the UK and US...

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black friday wine

What major retailers are offering in the UK and US...

The post Black Friday wine deals - Latest appeared first on Decanter.

black friday wine

With just over a month to go, we’ll be keeping up with who’s offering Black Friday wine deals in the UK and US.

In the mean time, take a look at our wine recommendations from supermarkets and wine retailers, and any offers they have running for now.

Right now, Selfridge’s have 20% meaning a great saving can be made on the Coravin Pivot wine preservation system – now £79, down from £99 – and also a chance to stock up on the Argon gas refills at the same time.

And make sure you check out our round up of great Champagne deals, to stock up ahead of the festive season.

Black Friday wine deals in the UK

Waitrose –  25% of six live now, click here to find out more

It’s always worth keeping an eye on the wine offers at Waitrose. At the moment there is up to 25% various bottles, including sparkling and Champagne. A good selection of magnums are available.

The best Waitrose wines to buy


Majestic Wine – Black Friday Page coming soon

Savvy shoppers can do well at Majestic Wine when taking advantage of their ‘mix-six’ deals, which helps bring down the prices of bottles. The retailer has had a bumper 2020, with the lockdown prompting many more customers to order from them.

Top Majestic wines to try, tasted by the experts


Marks & Spencer

This autumn, Marks & Spencer have been focusing on a 34-wine strong ‘classics’ range in their wine department. Keep an eye out for any multi-buy offers.

The wines to buy from Marks & Spencer


Tesco

If you know where to look, there’s some real value to be found in Tesco wines, particularly if there are offers on its Tesco Finest range. Plus get 25% off when you buy six bottles.

Best Tesco wines to try


Amazon UK

The champions of Black Friday, the deals on Amazon will change quickly, so keep an eye on them. Depending on the offer, there are some great savings to be made on Champagne ahead of the festive season.

See Amazon UK Champagne deals


Black Friday wine deals in the US

Total Wine

The largest independent retailer of fine wine in the US, Total Wine will be sure to drop a few good deals this Black Friday.

See our pick of the best wines to buy from Total Wine.

Wine.com

Wine.com tends to share some good deals around Black Friday, such as 30% off all wines – which if you already know what you’re looking for, can mean there’s some great value to be found. Currently, there’s a sale on many Pinot Noir wines.

Amazon US

As with the UK,  the deals on Amazon will change quickly, so keep watching them and see what bargains can be found.

See Amazon US Champagne deals


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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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