The Champagne you are drinking is not made from white wine

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Did you know that in most bottles of champagne are red wine grapes?

Let’s start with the basics.

The significant difference between red and white wine is how the wine is made. The colour that you see in red wine is from skins of the grape. The longer you keep grapes in contact with the wine juice, the more you get the colour of the grape. Rose wine is in contact from 12-36 hours and red wine up to a few weeks.

White wine process

Grapes are pressed as a first thing after harvest. Which separates the skins from wine juice. Then you ferment, mature and bottle the wine.

Red wine process

You crush the wine (so the skins are still there) which produces “Free run wine“, and you ferment the rest. After a few days/weeks you press the fermented grapes/juice which separates the juice from grapes (same as the white wine). Maturation process happens after that, and then the winemaker blends the “Free run wine” with the rest of the juice, and then you bottle it.

Most of the champagne wine is made from a blend of Pinot Noir (red grape) and Chardonnay (white grape). The winemakers just don’t let the skins in contact with the wine juice for long.

So next time you are drinking your Dom Pérignon 😉 remember that you are drinking Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend.

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