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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Would you please give some examples of filtered wine that is available to buy?

—Olivia, United Kingdom

Dear Olivia,

Most of it. The vast majority of wines are filtered, mostly to remove tiny particles that can create a hazy appearance, and to prevent science experiments from occurring in your bottle. If the wine you’re enjoying is clear, chances are it was filtered. Some wines are filtered more than others, and a few aren’t filtered at all. Winemakers who don’t filter may say the filtering process strips a wine of aromas and flavors, and they’ll usually label their wines as such, because it gives a sense of being more natural. The decision whether or not to filter is mostly stylistic, not a statement of quality.

—Dr. Vinny


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