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Aging of wine

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The aging of wine is potentially able to improve the quality of wine. This distinguishes wine from most other consumable goods. While wine is perishable and capable of deteriorating, complex chemical reactions involving a wine's sugars, acids and phenolic compounds can alter the aroma, color, mouthfeel and taste of the wine in a way that may be more pleasing to the taster. The ability of a wine to age is influenced by many factors including grape variety, vintage, viticultural practices, wine region and winemaking style. The condition that the wine is kept in after bottling can also influence how well a wine ages and may require significant time and financial investment.

  • also known as Ageing of wine

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Google previewThe A-Z Encyclopedia of Food Controversies and the Law (2011)

by Elizabeth Marie Williams, Stephanie J. Carter

The air exchange helps develop the aging of wine. But many traditionalists and environmentalists simply fear that the adoption of synthetic corks and aluminum screw caps will lead to the reduction of the cork forests unless other uses for cork ...

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