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Why does wine taste the way it does? There is no simple answer; rather there
is a combination of factors, and depending on the style of wine, different
components have more or less importance. Broadly however there are three
different constituents contributing to the character of a wine: the grape
variety used, the impact of what happens in the vineyard, and manipulation of
the wine by the winemaker. To answer the question of what makes wine taste as it
does, each of these needs to be examined.
Wines can be classified in three ways -as table wine, fortified wine or
sparkling wine. Table wines can be either dry or sweet, and there are a number
of methods of making sweet wines. Fortified wines have spirit added to them,
producing a high alcohol level. Sparkling wines are table wines which are worked
on by the winemaker to induce the fizz that makes them so popular.
Wines can also be classified according to the colour of the grape variety that
was used to make them -red grapes or white grapes. However this can be
misleading. The nut-brown colour of some older fortified wines often makes it
hard to tell which colour grape was used in their production. Additionally,
white wine can be made from red grapes -and in the case of the best sparkling
wine this is often the case.