Red Vs. White Wine

Red Vs. White Wine

There are a lot of wine makers out there especially now and more and more coming with no sign of stopping thanks to our constant demand. We love drinking this stuff and they love making it. I mean who would not have you ever been to a wine yard when it is in full harvest season. It is like a postcard for heaven and then you drink their wine and you taste heaven. There is even research now showing moderate wine drinking reduces risk of type 2 diabetes. All in all, you realize you are in heaven. Now it is time for you to bring that same feeling into your house by getting that perfect new wine fridge and filling it with the best tasting wine for you, which I will tell you how to choose below. So, Keep reading. Do not leave now!


Red and White. These are colours for most people but for wine aficionados this is life. The key factors to know on how wines differ are fermentation, method of aging, and health benefits.

Let us start with the mesmerising colours. The reason for the difference in colour we see today is in the fermentation process. Red wine gets its colour because it is fermented using dark red or black grapes with the skin and seeds. Whereas white wine uses white grapes without skin and seeds. Simple! 

(Interesting fact: almost all wine found in the marketplace were originally made from one species of grape called Vitis vinifera, which were black grapes whose natural mutation created the first white grapes).

Another major factor for different taste and colour is that red wines are aged in oak barrels and white wines are aged in stainless steel vats. During fermentation, Oxidation occurs which causes wine to lose floral and fruit qualities in exchange for rich, nutty flavours resulting in the taste of red wine we know of. Oak barrels expedite this process and stainless-steel tanks reduce this which causes white wine to retain their fruitiness and floral flavours.


Red Wine

Soft, rich, and velvety flavour

White Wine

Zesty acidity, floral aromas, and fruit notes


Along with the colour and taste, it is proven scientifically that one to two glasses a day of red wine has a medicinal quality. This is due to the number of antioxidants present in red wine. It also promotes heart health by improving HDL cholesterol levels and decreasing LDL cholesterol level resulting in reduced risk of blood clots. It also decreases risk of cancer, gallstones and improves cognitive function. To get a side by side comparison of nutritional differences between the two types of wines, have a look at the graphic below.


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