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Red Vs. White Wine: Difference in Grapes 

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Latour Wine Differences: Red Vs. White Wine

Wines go a long way of history, and offers a variety of tastes which would cater each and everyone’s preferences—and of course, would be a perfect pair for your dishes to be served at any occasion or time.

Now, if you are new to the world of wines, it is sometimes easier to compare the wines’ differences to make the learning easier. As for this article, we will be discussing the differences between red and white wines such as from the latour wines that goes far beyond its colors and choices of grapes.

Red Vs. White Wine: Difference in Grapes

Basically speaking, the red wines are made from the red grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, etc. while the white wines are made from the white grapes like Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, etc.

However, the exciting part here is that nearly all the wines that are found in the marketplace are initially all made from only one species of grape which is called as the Vitis vinifera.

The Amelographers, (which are experts in the study and classification of the grape’s varieties, if you are not familiar with the word) believes that the first Vitis vinifera grapes were actually black grapes (e.g., red wine grapes) and due to the natural mutation, it has created the white grapes.

For example, the Pinot Noir comes from a black grape, while the Pinot Gris comes from a pinkish-gray grape, while on the other hand, the Pinot Blanc comes from a white grape, but they all share the same DNA!

Using the Different Parts of the Grape

They may be all from the same fruit, the same species, but the making of the red and white wine varies from the different parts of the grape. There are different processes used to make red wines and white wines, and one of the essential difference is that the red wines are ferments with grape skins and seeds, but on the other hand, white wines are not. This is how red wines gains its color: from the skin and seeds of the grapes.

However, there is an exemption to every rule, which is why there are a couple of special cases that result in different tasting wines. For example, Blanc de Noirs or white of blacks is a type of champagne which is made in a similar way to white wine that ends up looking like a white wine. Another example would be the Pinot d’Alsace or White Pinot Noir.

Another unique method of white wines is where the white grapes are fermented with the skins and seeds of the grapes instead of excluding them. The wines made from this technique are referred to as the Orange wines which taste is similar to red wines and have tannin.

The Difference in Wine Making Methods

Red wines are adored for their rich, soft, and velvety taste, while white wines are loved for their zesty, floral aromas added with pure fruit notes. To achieve the respective flavors of wine, winemakers made two very different methods of winemaking.

The most significant difference between red winemaking and white winemaking is the oxidation which causes the wines to lose their fruit and floral notes in exchange for the rich, nutty flavors and more smoothness. To increase the oxygen, the winemakers use oak barrels so that the wines will be able to breathe and allow the ingression of the oxygen.

On the other hand, winemakers use stainless steel tanks for white wines, to reduce exposure to oxygen and retain their flower and fruity flavors.

The Health Benefits

Although further study is still needed for the said benefits, studies have shown that there are beneficial compounds found in the grape’s skin and seeds. Consuming wine in moderation decreases your risk of coronary artery disease by 30 percent, which is according to the Linus Pauling Institute.

With this said, red wines are an abundant source of powerful antioxidants, since the grape’s skin and seeds used in making the red wine is fermented with it during the process. Because of this, it may help prevent heart damage by raising good cholesterol levels that would protect your arteries from damage.


In learning wines, it is important to know its history and all of the necessary foundation in winemaking, (although you probably won’t make one). The discussion above will surely help you in pointing out the differences between red and white wines other than saying the apparent features like its color.

Lastly, it is crucial that you would instill this information in your mind and that you should learn more through experiencing the wines, like going for wine tasting events and sharing ideas and discussion between fellow wine enthusiasts.

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