The Many Different Kinds Of Wine
Wine is an alcoholic drink with a rich history that dates back over eight thousand years to the heart of Eurasia, modern-day Georgia. It’s usually made from fruits, and in particular grapes, however many other things that can be fermented have been used as well, for example grains, vegetables, and also the milk of different species of livestock.
However, for many an oenophile, or wine connoisseur, only grapes will do, as barley and vegetable wines tend to be more similar to beer and spirits. It is not just a matter of semantics, either, as in many countries wines are subject to legal definitions and regulations. Indeed, with regards to the jurisdicition involved, there may be several laws that govern exactly what is allowed to be sold as wine, though throughout the industry worldwide a distinction is sometimes made between so-called “real” wine and that which happens to be merely labeled so.
Thus, the word is considered to be used as an adjective as opposed to a noun when it comes to something such as the rice and sorghum wines so popular in Asia, made as they are from starch-based grains which render them more like beer than anything else. Used as an adjective, the word refers to the higher alcoholic content rather than the production process, an important part of which concerns the proper ingredients. Actually, the word “wine” is believed by scholars to come from the Proto-Indo-European word for “grape!”
Though such fine differences may seem trivial to an outsider, they form some of the reasons for wine’s enduring interest among oenophiles. And with thanks to the internet, wine-lovers have started and coalesced around blogs focused on all the many different details possible, especially with regards to particular wine-cultivating regions. If anything, then, it would seem that further differentiation is to be expected, and even encouraged, making the field more varied and ever richer!
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