Food - Drink
Red Vs White Wine: What’s The Difference?
Wine dates back to the Neolithic period (8500-4000 B.C.), a time when fermented grape juice was cleaner and safer to drink than water. Today, countless varieties of wine are available, all with their own unique qualities, but generally speaking, there are basic differences between the two broadest categories of wine: red and white.
The color of wine does not come from grape juice, which is colorless, but rather from the skins of the grapes and the way the wine is produced. For white wines, grapes are taken to a press so that their juice can be squeezed out immediately; this way, their skins won’t tint the wine during the fermentation process.
As for red wine, the grapes' dark skins are left on the fruit during fermentation, allowing the pigment to bleed into the liquid; this process is called maceration. Maceration, the addition of tannins, and the grapes' growing climate all work together to make red wine bolder in flavor and mouthfeel than white wine.