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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Additives in Wine

Wine is just grapes with yeast added to turn the grape sugars into alcohol, right? Not by a long shot. There are tricks in the processing to adjust the final product. There are things added to change the wine and, hopefully, make it better. You can change the color, the tannins, lower the alcohol, etc. Or as one winemaker said after the not-so-good 2008 harvest, "Better wine making through chemistry." These things are not usually talked about by winemakers leading one to believe it must be bad for you.

A local wine writer, Dan Berger, talks about this in his weekly Press Democrat column.

Takeaways from the article: 1) Your wine is manipulated to make it better. 2) The cheaper the wine the more stuff that's likely been done to it.