• Alexander Smith

The most asked wine questions!

Updated: Mar 7, 2021

I often receive emails from readers with questions on the world of wine. This can range from food and wine pairings, to how do I know if my bottle of wine is corked. So hopefully the below should answer some of your top wine questions!

1. When is wine corked?

  • Corked wine is often a general term for a wine which has defaults to it. However in reality a corked wine, is a wine whereby the cork has the presence of TCA (2,4,6 – trichloroanisole). This substance can impact the quality of the wine, along with notes of damp or soggy cardboard. To avoid TCA (or cork taint), some producers bottle using DIAM cork, which is known to be 100% TCA free. ​

2. Which wine goes well with salmon?

  • Salmon goes well with a range of wines including full bodied white wines like oaky Chardonnays, a Marsanne or Viognier. Red wines also go well with salmon, such as Pinot Noirs from both Oregon, New Zealand and Burgundy. Alternatives might include a lighter Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia or an Etna Rosso from Scilly. ​

3. Which wine is healthiest?

  • Wine in moderation can be good for you. Pinot Noir typically has a lower sugar and calorie content compared to other red wines. Furthermore it can be seen as to have antioxidants, which have been known to reduce heart attacks. Other dry red wines such as Merlot is another good alternative. However it is recommended to discuss with your doctor before determining if wine can be part of a balanced healthy lifestyle. ​

4. Will wine freeze?

  • Yes wine can be frozen, however this is not a suitable way to store wine. Firstly, you will want to be careful to ensure the bottle is not broken when you remove it from the freezer (An extreme change of temperature can crack the glass). Also freezing wines will change the chemical properties, which in turn will change the flavours and textures of the wine. If using this wine for cooking, you might want to freeze the wine in an ice cube tray, instead of a bottle!​

5. Can wine go bad?

  • Absolutely! Wine can go bad due to different 'wine faults' including: becoming oxidized, suffering cork taint, sulphur unbalance, bubbles in still wine, cooked wine due to heat damage, sunlight damage and bacterial damage. Sometimes brett and crystals noted in wine bottles along with herbal notes are seemed as a fault, but are actually not. Finally after a wine is open you will want to use a relevant wine stopper and finish the bottle within a few days.

6. Where is wine made?

  • Wines can be made from vineyards located between the 30th and 50th degree latitude, in both the northern and southern hemisphere. The top producing wine countries in the world are: Italy, France, Spain, United States, Argentina, Australia, South Africa and China. ​

7. Are wine bottles recyclable?

  • Yes, wine bottles are recyclable, and if fact, most countries I know of do recycle their wine bottles. So please help save the planet by recycling your wine bottles! ​

8. How is wine made?

  • Wine is made by the following steps: Picking the grapes from a vineyard, crushing the grapes in the winery, fermenting the crushed grapes into wine, ageing the wine in anything from amphora, stainless steel to wood. Finally the wine is bottled and sold.

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