“Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age, and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die.” Julia Child
Made initially from fermented grapes, wine is one of the alcoholic beverages that is most widely used accepted. Historical evidence of the earliest known traces of wine are from Georgia as early as 6000 BC. Although there is evidence of a similar alcoholic beverage being consumed earlier in China around?7000 BC. The 6,100-year-old Areni-1 winery in Armenia is the earliest known winery as evidenced by archaeological remains. Additionally besides being a leisure and recreational drink, wine has its’ own religious importance as well as culinary and artistic value.
“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” Benjamin Franklin
From the early wine, as the human civilization expanded southward, westward and into the Mediterranean, the wine grapes spread. With sea and road travel, cultivation of wine grapes spread throughout Western Europe. With each new region that was planted, the grapes slowly mutated and adapted to their unique environments. The slow divergence and evolution over thousands of years resulted in the incredible diversity of the wine varieties of today.
“A gourmet meal without a glass of wine just seems tragic to me somehow.” Kathy Mattea
Wine have now been popularly divided as the Old World Wines, named after the region where the grapes grow and the New World Wines, frequently named after the type of grapes used. To keep matters simple, wines can be broadly classified as Dessert wines, Red, Rose, White or Sparkling. Ranging from dinners to celebratory as well as medicinal purposes, each wine is specific for their type.
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” Paulo Coelho
Popularly wine is made from grapes, but other fruit wines especially berries, gooseberries and apples, aren’t far behind. In fact, Mead or honey wine was produced in ancient history throughout Europe, Africa and Asia and was known in Europe before grape wine. Other starch-based “wine” like barley or rice wine (sake) are closer to beer based on the alcohol concentration. Gearing up for the next winter season, now would be an ideal time to start the preparation for homemade wine. For a start, beginning with the local fruit, (like Indian Gooseberry here) would be best. The longer it ferments, the better the wine.
“Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” Francis Bacon