Does Alcohol Percentage In A Wine Affect Its Taste?

July 7, 2015


Steeped in history, wine making differs from region to region, and because of this, the flavor differs from region to region, too. Wine first appeared in the world around 3000 B.C., according to historians, and since then winemakers have worked hard to create the perfect alcoholic beverage. What most wine drinkers don't know is what creates the wine flavors they love and enjoy, and how alcohol content plays a part in taste.

What Gives Wine Its Flavor?

Wine gets its flavor from several sources. First and foremost, the types of grapes used will affect the flavor of wine. Grapes are affected by everything from the weather to the amount of sunlight they receive, and each variety differs in their sugar content and hardiness. California Chardonnay will have a completely different taste than a White Burgundy because of this.

Yeast also affects the way wine tastes; in fact, it might be the biggest contributing factor. Yeast is introduced to the grape juice to eat the sugars. During the process, yeast lets off carbon dioxide and alcohol. In some wines, the yeast will kill itself off before all the sugars are gone, leading to a sweeter wine. In other cases the yeast will dine on all of the sugars before dying off, leaving a dryer wine.

Does Alcohol Content Affect The Taste Of Wine?

This is a tricky question because the answer is two-fold. In terms of actually having a taste, alcohol does not have one, at least not on its own. According to experts, alcohol does not trigger receptors on the tongue, therefore, it technically has no taste or smell.

So, if you are talking about purely taste from a scientific perspective, the percentage of alcohol in the wine doesn't affect the taste, but not so fast. Alcohol content will affect the bouquet of the wine, which then can affect the taste. A high-alcohol wine can stifle the bouquet of a wine, diminishing its fruity aromas, which can alter the taste. The process of getting a high alcohol content wine will also affect the taste of the beverage.

Storing High Alcohol Content Wine

High alcohol content wine should be stored like other wines. It requires a cool, dark environment. All bottles should be stored on their sides to keep the cork moist, and they should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Whether you prefer a wine with a low alcohol level or a high one, you'll need someplace to store them properly. If you are out of room at home, contact the professionals at Park City Self Storage in Dallas. We'll be happy to help you find a storage solution to meet your needs.

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