Advice for Wine Newcomers ~ Wine Wednesday Words of Advice for September 5th, 2012

Each Wine Wednesday we share words of advice from your favourite winos, oenophiles and beyond . . .

Advice for Wine Newcomers



Question of the week

The question: How can I tell if a wine is sweet or dry?

The answer: It’s a paramount consideration for most wine consumers, yet the industry likes to keep us guessing.

The relative dryness of a wine is measured in terms of residual sugar, or RS in the wine geek’s argot. This is the level of natural grape sugar left after fermentation. Once grapes are crushed, yeast feeds off grape sugar to produce alcohol and carbon dioxide. It’s hard to predict exactly how yeast will behave, and they rarely finish the job completely, mainly because some sugars are not easily fermented.

Read the rest at: The Globe and Mail.


Happy Wine Wednesday everyone!