• Tom V.

Fifty Shades of Wine

Updated: Jul 29

From all your wine tours, you must know the drink as being primarily white or red, with the odd Rosé thrown in. Boxed wines may come in the same shade every time, but if you have a habit of buying expensive wine from time to time, you must know that the spectrum is much broader than anticipated.


The color, or lack thereof, of wine is determined by the pigment of their grape variety, usually present in the skin. It also depends on how the juiced was extracted and how long it was allowed contact with the skin. Moreover, aged wine stored in oak barrels, as seen on wine tasting tours, also gets darker.


Be that as it may, here are the different shades of wine and why they look the way they do.


Shades of Red


· Bluish-violet to Deep Ruby


This color is achieved using a thick-skinned variety of grapes or letting the juice stay in contact with the skins for a long time. It is also indicative of warmer climes and fruit ripeness.


· Garnet to Ruby


This is a sign that the fruit was not as ripe, nor the climate as warm. This color is also obtained from using thin-skinned grapes.


· Pale Ruby


The lighter the wine, the more acidic and fruitier it is. It could also be aged.


Shades of White


· Rich Brown or Deep Gold


Wines like these are sweet because the grapes are allowed to dry for long durations. They may get their color and oak-y essence from aging or due to flavoring and pack loads of acidity.


· Rich Gold to Gold


This type of white may or may not have been oaked; it could have gotten its color from oxidization or the pigment in the grape drupes of the variety they were made from.


· Pale Gold


Paleness is a sign that the wine is not fine at all, meaning it hasn’t spent much time inside an oak barrel.


Fifty Shades of Wine

Shades of Rosé


This color is achieved by allowing minimum contact between extract and fruit skins or through blending white and red wine. The darker the wines involved, the more salmon-y the end result. On the other hand, the ratio also plays a role, so the amount of white wine involved influences the lightness of the Rosé quite a bit.


It is found in the following shades:

· Rich salmon

· Salmon

· Pale salmon

· Blush

· Light blush


Explore the Spectrum with A Wine tasting in Solvang


Break out of the pandemic-ennui and discover your favorite shade of wine by embarking on a wine tour hosted by Artisan Excursion. Their all-inclusive wine tasting packages come with long walks along the vines, and luxurious picnics, dinners, and lunches for couples and groups.


Make an online booking today and set off on your big wine tasting tours Solvang.



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