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Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. The natural chemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, water and other nutrients. Yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes and converts them into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeast produce different styles of wine.

In-Season: Year-round

Difference Between Red and White Wine

The main ingredient in white wine is white grapes, and these grapes have no skins or seeds. Most white wines have a light and fruity taste. Red wines are made with dark red and black grapes. The main difference between red and white wines is that red wines are produced with whole grapes, including the skin. The skins add color and flavor to red wines, and this is the reason why these wines have a richer flavor.

Health Benefits: White wines can improve heart health and prevent heart diseases. They are also effective in promoting lung health. Red wines have most of the health benefits of white wines in addition to many other benefits. Since red wines contain the skins of grapes, they have a powerful type of antioxidants called resveratrols. Resveratrols offer excellent protection for your blood vessels, can eliminate blood clots, inhibit the activities of enzymes that stimulate the growth of cancer cells and slow down immune response. Red wines also contain polyphenols, which are excellent antioxidants that can perform tasks including reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improving the immune system, combating against harmful bacteria and preventing cancer.

How to store:

Store all wines away from light, especially direct sunlight and fluorescent fixtures. UV rays can cause wine to be 'light struck,' giving them an unpleasant smell.

Store corked wine bottles on their sides. If they are stored upright for a long amount of time, the corks will dry out, and air will eventually get to the wine, spoiling it.

An ideal temperature for storing a varied wine collection is 54°F

Isolate the wine. Remember that wine "breathes", so don't store it with anything that has a strong smell, as the smell will permeate through the cork and taint the wine.

Wineries in Connecticut:

DiGrazia Vineyards

Hopkins Vineyard

Gouveia Vineyards

Sunset Meadow Vineyards

Bishop’s Orchard