How Red Wine Is Made

Inspired by one of VinePair’s most popular site sections, the Wine 101 podcast takes an educational, easy-to-digest look into the world of wine. This week’s episode is brought to you by Fleur de Mer Rosé. Each sip of Fleur de Mer Rosé engages the senses with bright fruit notes, crisp acidity, and a cleansing dry finish. Meaning “flower of the sea” in French, this famed wine provides a true taste of Provencal rosé wine.

Welcome back to Wine 101. In this episode, VinePair tastings director Keith Beavers discusses red wine from start to finish, beginning with the arrival of red grapes at the production facility, to what’s in the bottle you buy.

These steps include destemming and sorting grapes; yeast inoculation; sulfur dioxide addition; and, finally, fermentation, barrel-aging, filtration, and packaging.

After tuning into this episode, listeners will understand the fundamental steps in making red wine, as well as gain insights into the bacterial science that’s necessary for transforming a grape from juice to a finished wine product.

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