If the basic process of winemaking is pretty much the same for most wines, what makes wines different?
And why is one wine better than another?
The differences come from the grapes, the region and the specific winemaking techniques. These three factors are responsible for flavor and quality.
The grapes are the most important ingredient.
Wine aromas, flavors and tastes come mainly from the grapes -- even when a wine tastes like black cherry juice or mint or chocolate.
Some grape varieties have the potential to make great wines;...
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