Wine is a famous drink and the sparkle of many a party. That apart, wine is very much in the good books of medical experts, as a health drink, known to sustain cardiovascular// health and keep age related dementia at bay. So, when we raise a toast to health, it is cheers to a copious flow of health benefits.
The roots of wine are entrenched in Christianity, where wine is considered sacrosanct, alluding to the blood of Christ, which the Christians believe, is the means to salvation. The Bible has references of wine for health and enjoyment. During the ‘holy communion’ following a mass, people in the church receive wine and bread, signifying the blood and body of Christ, as a sign of receiving blessings from heaven.
Wine is essentially an alcoholic drink, made from the juice of fruits, primarily grapes, which undergoes a process of fermentation. Many other fruits like plum, elderberry and blackcurrant could be substituted in place of grapes, and subjected to the same process of fermentation to make wine; yet grapes are most suited because they are organically endowed to ferment completely on their own, without additives like enzymes, acids, nutrients or extra sugars.
The method adopted to make wines, called ‘vinification’, segregates wines into distinct types. Wines are categorized as ‘sparkling’, ‘still’, ‘fortified’, ‘rosé’, and ‘blush’. Wine gets its color not so much from the juice of the grapes, which is mostly transparent and clear, but more from the skin, which is either present or absent during the fermentation process. It is often stated, older the wine the better it gets, owing to the increased levels of antioxidants in the wine. It is perhaps for this reason, vintage wines are a connoisseurs’ delight, and is costlier than the rest of the class.
Red wine, made out of the juice of red or black grapes, acquires the red color due to the fermentation process that retains the skin of the grapes. White wine is made Page: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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