A Closer Look the Wine’s Aging Process

Many people enjoy cellaring wine for long periods of time, in hopes of having it evolve into a truly memorable elixir.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But when it does, it can take wine enjoyment to a whole new level.

But what’s actually going on inside the bottle? That topic is explored, in part, in today’s Wine FAQ…

QUESTION: Does a wine’s alcohol level decrease over a period of time?

ANSWER: The short answer is no. The longer answer is that, with some wines, that may seem to be the case.

Wines that are high in alcohol — such as California Zinfandel, which often tops 15% — tend to “smooth out” over the years. At year 10, a California Zin can be downright “elegant,” a far cry from the big, jammy “fruit bomb” it was in its youth.

There’s still a lot to learn about how wine evolves in the bottle, but one thing we do know is that its alcohol level does not change.

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One comment on “A Closer Look the Wine’s Aging Process
  1. Une fois de plus un magnifique poste, j’en discuterai dans la journée avec
    mes amis

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