Table wine: what is it, useful, what are + how to choose
On sale you can find various types of drinks from grapes: dry and sweet, sparkling and quiet, seasoned and young. In some instances, the year and region of manufacture are indicated; in others, these data are not available. One of the many categories, which is presented in any outlet, are table wines. The group includes completely different drinks, combined with certain characteristics. What wines belong to the table category includes natural drinks from grapes with a low concentration of sugar and alcohol.
Typically, these wines are produced without designation of the region of production, crop year and varietal composition. Although some bona fide manufacturers try to indicate this information. In Russia, they are referred to as “natural (table) wines”, in other countries products can be recognized by the inscription “Vino da tavola” or “Vin de Table”. In the hierarchy of wines, table beverages occupy the lowest level, but this does not mean at all that this product is not worth attention.
Among table wines you can find mediocre cheap drinks, as well as products of excellent quality with bright taste characteristics. The problem is that these properties cannot be determined in advance. What parameters are required for table wines. Drinks of this group do not have a specific technology of manufacture or belonging to a specific region. Nevertheless, there are a number of characteristics: Naturalness These beverages are obtained only in the process of natural fermentation of wort or mash without the addition of alcohol and sugar; Usually on the label of such products can be found the inscription “natural”, which is true.
Safety For the consumer (despite the variability and simplicity of table wines, there are strict requirements for their production, which determine the permissible level of all components, such as volatile acids, heavy metal salts, sulfuric acid, etc.). Alcohol content A low alcohol content (from 9 to 14%) and sugars (for dry: about 0.3%; for semi-dry: no more than 2.5%; for semi-sweet: no more than 8%). Are table wines useful? Undoubtedly, these drinks have a beneficial effect on the body. Of course, if we are talking about wines of good quality and moderate use. Red dry drinks are most beneficial.
The positive effect is expressed: In the normalization of digestion. Improving immunity. Supplying with essential microelements and vitamins. Preventing cardiovascular and oncological diseases. Rejuvenation of all systems and organs. Improving blood circulation. Removal of toxins, etc. What are table wines? There are several types of these drinks. The level of sugar content are distinguished: Dry (0-0.3%). Semi-dry (1–2%). Semi-sweet (3–8%). Dry is obtained as a result of a complete fermentation cycle, semi-dry and semi-sweet – partial. By color: Red (obtained by fermenting dark fruit with skin and stones). White (made from light grape varieties without the use of pulp).
Pink (made by blending two types of wines or by mixing raw materials of different colors). Wines produced according to the Kakhetian technology (white and red) are referred to a separate category. By production method: Varietal (one type of grape is used). Blending (as a raw material take several varieties). Depending on the exposure: Ordinary (aged up to 1 year). Vintage (from 1.5 and more). It is worth remembering that fortified, sparkling and flavored wines do not belong to the table, as well as special collectible items with a long period of exposure. How to choose a table wine First of all, you should focus on the manufacturer.
There are proven brands that are characterized by an optimal price-quality ratio. If in doubt, it is better to study consumer feedback or to stop at red dry wine, which is considered more useful and is rarely faked. You should not buy very cheap drinks: even with a natural composition, such products will not bring pleasure and will not bring much benefit. It is better to abandon the purchase of wines in cardboard packaging: it usually indicates a low quality, but there are exceptions. The label should contain information about the manufacturer, product categories, the amount of sugar and strength. When looking for a good vintage wine you should make sure that the year of manufacture is indicated on the cap of the bottle. It is worth paying attention to the cork. Well, if it is natural and is supplied with the brand of the manufacturer.
You should not expect that the old, darkened cork indicates the endurance: this usually indicates a low quality of the drink. Good table wines can be found among the products of Georgian, Abkhaz, Armenian, French, Italian, Moldavian and some other manufacturers. How to drink table wines This category of drinks got its name precisely because of the simplicity in the selection of dishes. Special culinary delights table wine does not require. It is well complemented by the usual snacks or serve as a worthy aperitif.