White Wine Drinkers vs. Red Wine Drinkers: How Well Do You Know Your Wine?
You are at an event and have the choice between white wine or red wine – which do you choose? No matter what your ideal type of wine is, you typically have a preference when it comes to white and red wine.Team up with your people and test your knowledge on your go-to wine.
White Wine Drinkers vs. Red Wine Drinkers, it’s Go Time!
What’s The Difference Between White & Red Wine?
There are key differences between white and red wine, such as how it’s harvested and fermented, affecting both its color and the taste of the wine. In addition, white and red wines are usually served differently and paired with their own distinct types of foods for tasting and cooking.
Join your fellow white wine drinkers or red wine drinkers and test your knowledge on the various topics below. Do you have what it takes to call yourself a true white wine or red wine drinker?
See if you know the differences between white and red wine in these 5 areas:
1) When the Wine is Harvested
The winemaking process begins in harvest season which, depending on the vintage and climate conditions, a harvest can start as early as late August or as late as October. In fact, the goal is harvesting the grapes at their optimal level of ripeness to obtain the best quality and tastes. Choosing when the grapes are picked actually allows the winemaker to decide the style and character of the wine they want to make and determine the level of alcohol, sugar, and acidity of the final wine. For this reason, white wine grapes are usually harvested before red wine grapes.
What many do not know is that white wine can be made with either white or red grapes. How does this happen you may ask? We give all the “secrets” below!
2) How the Wine is Fermented
Is it possible you can get white wine from red grapes? YES – and it’s because of the unique way wine is made. In fact, our famous Candoni Pinot Grigio, a white wine, comes from red grapes!
When making white wine, the grapes are pressed to extract the juice while the grape skins are discarded. Typically, white or green grapes are used when making white wine, but white wine can be made with any kind of grape! Indeed, the color of red wine doesn’t come from the juice, but from the grape skins.
Pinot Grigio Fun Fact!
Many wonder why Pinot Grigio is not made as a red wine if it comes from red grapes. This is because of Italian Tradition. (Italians know best when it comes to wine!) Throughout hundreds of years of winemaking, we have realized Pinot Grigio simply just tastes better as a white wine!
The Pinot Grigio grape has a very thin skin, so even if the wine was fermented with the skins, you wouldn’t receive the rich color available in other red wines, such as Merlot.
For red wine, as you could guess, the fermentation process is the opposite. The grapes are left to ferment along with their skins (which are normally dark blue/purple) and this impart to the wine its typical red color. Wondering where the Rosè wines get their glamourous pink hue? Rosè wines are made from the exact same grapes as the red wines, but won’t turn as red since the skins are left to ferment for just few hours.
How the wine is fermented affects whether you receive white or red wine, and various colors in between!
3) The Color and Taste of the Wine
When thinking of wine, the colors that immediately come to mind are white, red and rosè. Depending on the type of grapes harvested, you can receive a variety of tastes and colors. White wine for example offers colors of clear to pale yellow and deep gold, hues of amber and more. Red wine features rubies and purples, both in pale and deep shades.
A common misconception about wine is that white wine is sweet while red wine is bitter. However, there are white wines that have “dry”, mineral and rounded taste and red wines that are deliciously sweet. Have you tried our Ricco Dolce Sweet Red or our sparkling Candoni Prosecco Brut? (If you are a fan of Prosecco, check out our blog: All The Secrets You Need To Know About Prosecco Sparkling Wine!)
As you may know, each grape variety has their own specific flavors and characteristics. Since long winemakers have been inspired to blend and combine different varieties together to create perfectly well-rounded white or red wines. For example, three outstanding grape varieties provide the framework for our award-winning Polvaro Nero Red Blend. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec are combined to create aromas of spicy plum, black cherry, and blackberry while yielding a smooth, plush texture and a full-bodied structure.
After the juice from the grapes has been extracted, it can also be combined with juices and aromas of fruit. For example, the very same grapes that produce our sweet Moscato wine, are combined with natural peach flavors to create our popular Peach Moscato.
The wine world is the variety of combinations, tastes, and colors available. There is truly something for everyone! Buy a bottle of your favorite and serve it at your next gathering!
4) How to Serve White & Red Wine
A key difference in red and white wine is how to properly serve it. While wine can be served in a variety of ways, there are certain measures you can take to best enhance the flavor and taste. As a common rule, white wine is chilled or served cold, while red wine is best served at room temperature.
You may also wonder, what type of glass suits your wine best. As a simple general rule, white wines are typically served in smaller bowled glasses, while red wine taste smoother when sipped from a wide bowled glass since the peculiar form tends to mitigate the bitterness of tannins or spicy notes.
Flutes or tulip glasses, with their elongated slender bowl, are perfect for sparkling and semi-sparkling wines such as our Candoni Prosecco or Candoni Moscato, since their shape enhances the aroma and taste and prevents your favorite bubbles to fizzle out too quickly!
After purchasing a bottle of white wine, you will want to enjoy within a few years. After this, it will lose its sheen and become very dull tasting. Red wine on the other hand, can be stored for up to 20 years or more before it reaches the end of its prime.
5) How to Use White & Red Wine for Cooking
You’ve probably read tons of articles on how to pair your favorite white and red wine with food, and if you still have any doubts you can try our fun Wine and Food Pairing Feature! But have you have asked yourself which wine to use when cooking?
Both white and red wine can be used in cooking. This can truly transform your favorite dish, and we do it all the time in Italy! Why add wine to a dish while it’s cooking? Because, when you do this the alcohol evaporates and you’re left with concentrated flavors of the wine. To properly enhance the right flavors, it is important to choose the right wine when cooking.
So, which wine do you choose? White wine is often used in pasta and seafood, while red wine pairs well with red meat such as beef or sometimes pork. Besides adding a splash to the pan while cooking, wine can be used to make a marinade, pan sauce, stew or gravy, and can be used in deglazing, poaching, and baking.
In Italy, our family prefers Candoni Pinot Grigio when cooking for many reasons.
Why Pinot Grigio When Cooking or Preparing Meals:
Pinot Grigio is crisp, well-structed and sophisticated making it a perfect wine for cooking
Pinot Grigio is best with fish, seasonal pasta dishes or chicken. It is also good by itself with an aperitif on a hot summer day!
If you’re interested in cooking with wine, download our Ebook. You’ll get exclusive access to some of our family’s favorite Italian recipes.
Celebrate with Your Favorite Wine!
Now that you’re aware of some interesting facts about white and red wine, which one will you choose? You can shop a variety of white and red wines from our website. Our wines are also available across the world – find a store near you!
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Choose your White Wine!
Candoni Pinot Grigio
Candoni Organic Pinot Grigio
Carletto Pinot Grigio
Carletto Peach Moscato
Carletto Mango Moscato
Polvaro Pinot Grigio
Polvaro Lison Classico
Choose your Red Wine!
Candoni Organic Buongiorno
Candoni Organic Merlot
Candoni Pinot Noir
Candoni Elviana Red Blend
Carletto Red Blend
Carletto Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
Carletto Ricco Dolce
Polvaro Cabernet Sauvignon
– Barbara & Caterina