Synthetic Wine – Is It Really Happening?

Synthetic Wine

A wine is traditionally made by fermenting the grapes, where the yeast turns grape sugars into ethanol. This process develops various flavour compounds and takes time in producing variable results. But some chemists turned wine experts have devised a simpler way. Their start-up is turning water into wine and producing synthetic wines. Yes, you read that right!

Settled in San Francisco, these engineers aim to reverse engineer the perfect bottle of wine, but in a lab and that too without using grapes. No vineyard, no winery, no fermenting barrels. They claim to mimic fine vintages. But is that really possible for synthetic wines to take over the actual wines? The answer is simply no… not for another 100 years at least. These can be served as another beverage but not as a wine.

Every country has strict standards to term a wine as “wine”. For example, only the fermented juice of grapes can be termed as a wine in France. Similarly, there are certain appellations that define a wine in every country.

Though with many similarities in the compound composition, the synthetic wine was easily detectable in a blind taste because of its not-so-pleasant aromas at the nose and the lacking finish.  

Since the idea was conceived last year only, there’s a possibility of improvement over the course of a few years. Or, maybe, they’ll be able to develop a niche as a novelty. But, for a robot wine, there’s a lot more to be achieved to get in par with the standards of an actual ‘novel wine’.

The marginal synthetic intrusion is used by some wineries to increase the production and raise the quality of a wine. Even then, a pure synthetic wine is not a big thing for now! Made by mixing artificially processed ingredients similar to those of the real wine, it has not yet gained a market and is still under development.

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Learning about wine with blind tasting

New to the world of wines

Reading about wine and wine regions is one thing but to really understand the wine and distinguishing from good and bad wines or good from excellent wines is different ball game.

Learning about wines for newbies might appear to be a daunting task in the beginning.  It is easy to get influenced by marketing tactics by some of the big players of the industry. Another challenge is that their are numerous grape varieties in both red and white wine and some such as Gewurztraminer which are even hard to pronounce. Then comes wines from different regions(in Australia alone there are 64 wine regions). Moreover, each variety has its own characteristics such as aromas and flavours, and food pairing.

Blind tasting

So, what is the best way to learn about wines? Doing wine tasting at cellar doors,attending wine events are some of the common ways about learning about wines. Yet another way is organizing your own blind wine tasting party helps to decide which wine makes your taste buds ring

Calling your friends over for blind tasting can make the learning so much more fun.While choosing wines for the party make sure for each party the wines are different from each other in terms of variety and region. For eg-

  1. Experiment with different grape varieties such as Reds –  Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Pinot Noir and white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Moscato, Pinot Grigio etc.
  2. For one party you can choose wines of same variety such as Shiraz but different brand names such as Penfolds, McWilliams, Emmetts Crossing etc.
  3. Another way is to choose wines of same variety but from different wine regions such as Barossa Valley Shiraz, Hunter Valley Shiraz, Margaret River Shiraz.
  4. Choosing wines from popular wine critics or those which have won any award/medal recently at wine competition and then blind tasting them is yet another way to keep yourself up to date with emerging wines.Wine-Quote---Fan-the-sinking-flame-of-hilarity

What is Binge drinking and how to keep a check on it?

Binge Drinking also known as alcohol intoxication disorder. Common reasons people do binge drinking can range be many such as to relieve stress, to escape problems, to forget crumbling relationships, to celebrate and socialise.INFOGRAPHIC---Binge-drinking

Standard Drink

Drinking more than 4 standard drinks is considered to binge drinking. To calculate the no of standard drinks use the below formula :

The number of standard drinks = 0.789 x the volume of the container (L) x % alcohol by volume (mL/100mL).

Note: standard drink is independent on the type of drink (beer,wine, spirit)

Health effects of Binge Drinking

Short term effects of binge drinking can be vomiting, nausea, headaches whereas long term effects can cause stomach problems, heart problems or mental and neurological disorders.

Here are few suggestions you can keep it mind to avoid binge drinking-

  • Avoid drinking on empty stomach
  • Donot drink in a hurry
  • Club together alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Respect your body limit.

Remember – At the end of the day, it is you who has to live in your body. Make sure it to be the best place for you!

 

Wine Quote – Where there is wine…

Euripides was a greek tragedian of 5th century B.C. who once wrote ‘ Where there is no wine, there is no love’. These lines still hold significance today, where wine associated with the feelings of love.

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No wonder couples love to drink wine on their romantic dates. Also, on family dinners and get togethers, wine has a significant role to play. People not only enjoy pairing it with food but more importantly it is about cheering for good health and long life for everyone. Wine is all about acknowledging the good times and for coming of happy days ahead!

Wine storage and factors affecting it

Advantage of Wine Storage

Not all wines are made for storing. Most of the wines are ready to drink. Proper wine storage allows wine to age well and develop favourable aromas and flavours.

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Ways in which wine can be stored

Wines can be stored in wine cellars, wine caves or through wine refrigerators and racks.These all provide optimum conditions for wine storage.

  • Wine cellar – Helps in providing constant temperature and constant humidity conditions
  • Wine caves – Helps in providing high humidity and cool temperatures for wine storage
  • Wine refrigerators and racks – A much cheaper alternative, useful for long time ageing

Does drinking wine help in reducing weight?

Wine and weight Loss

When we drink wine, the body releases enzymes to digest the alcohol. The process of breaking down of alcohol uses energy of the body but which is not significant enough to reduce weight. However, wine can be used as an alternative to high sugary drinks.

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One can also calculate the amount of calories intake by using this simple formula. Suppose, you are drinking 5 oz of red wine with 15% alcohol level, then the amount of calories is equal to 5x15x1.6(=120 calories)

So, the question arises which type of wine should all weight watchers prefer? White wines tend to have lower amount of calories compared to red wines, it is naturally a better choice.On the other hand, sessert wines, that are sweet and high in calories should be avoided at all cost.