Differences Between Red and White Wine

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Brandon Walsh, President of Hosted Wine Tasting, explains the differences between red and white wines.

    Brandon Walsh

    Brandon’s immense passion for wine and cooking led him to launch Hosted Wine Tasting; a company that offers wine tasting, food catering, and wine training services at the customer’s location. Besides his studies through the Wine Spectator School and Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, CA, Brandon has also traveled to vineyards and wineries throughout the world; most notably in the US, Italy, and France.

    Brandon Walsh: Hi, I am Brandon Walsh and today we are discovering the wonderful world of wine. In this clip, I am going to discuss the primary differences between red and white wines.

    There are three distinct differences between red and white wines; color, flavor, and tannins. In terms of color, white wines will tend to have a pale or blonde coloration. Red wines will typically have a color similar to purple, ruby-red, or a brick. In terms of flavors, white wines tend to have flavors relative to green apples, lemons, or peaches whereas red wines will typically have flavors relative to plums, black cherries, or strawberries.

    In terms of tannins, it s very simple; white wines do not have any. Tannins are found in the skin of the grape and when you make a white wine, you pick the grape and you separate the grape juice from the skin and discard the skins and then go ahead and make your white wine. With the red wine, the skins are part of the wine making process and thus tannins will get into the wine. Tannin is not a flavor; it is a tactile sensation. It can give your mouth that silky or velvety feel.

    In the next clip, I am going to discuss step one of the wine tasting process, See.