As soon as the wine is not called: rich, tender, mysterious, divine. It can make any cold autumn evening warmer and lighter. The Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa perfectly said: "Life is good, but wine is better." But all this is only about real, natural wine, “without chemicals” and unnecessary additives.
In vino veritas - the old truth that "Truth is in wine." But how can one choose real wine among thousands of bottles of shmurdy, ink and chatter. Which is without "chemistry"? I propose to remember the basic rules for choosing a wine and conduct a couple of experiments.
Usually wine is bottled in 0.75 liter bottles. Please note: the bottom of the wine bottle must be concave! Do not buy wine if it is bottled in a flat-bottomed bottle. Most likely it is a fake.
By the way, the color of the bottle also speaks volumes. According to experts and technologists, the wine bottle should be colored so that the light does not affect the quality of the drink.
Many are sure that a bottle of real wine is necessarily corked with a natural cork. In fact, this is not the case. Naturally, cork cork speaks of the status of the drink. However, many quite decent wines are corked with nylon or plastic corks. The reserves of Portuguese cork are also not endless, and therefore corks are becoming more expensive every day. Now, for example, one plug costs a dollar!
If there is a cork, compare the name of the wine and the manufacturer on it. The cork may have a batch number. If there is no data on it, most likely, the wine is not factory bottled, but a fake.
Most of the wine in packages is considered fake. But this does not always correspond to the truth. Indeed, most of the tetra packs in stores contain outright swill, which cannot be called even bad wine. However, there are many Chilean wines of decent quality, bottled specifically in tetrapaks.
As a rule, even in a good natural wine, a little sediment can be found on the bottom. Tartar settles in aged wines. But, if there is a lot of sediment and it is flaky, do not take this wine. It is with impurities. The consistency of the sediment is easy to check by simply turning the bottle over. If the sediment does not fall, the wine is not good.
Naturally, you can write a lot of things on it, but most people just don't bother to read. And if they did, perhaps they would not buy wine from wine materials made, say, in the Crimea, but bottled somewhere in Poltava.
By the way, the label will help to identify real vintage wines with long-term aging. After all, if the bottle is many years old, its label will also look old, and not shine with fresh printing. If the inscriptions on the label are misspelled, be sure that the wine was poured in the nearest garage or right in the back of the store where it stands.
It is believed that natural wine does not leave blue marks on the tongue. In fact, this is not at all the case. Wine leaves traces. So it will not work to check the quality and authenticity of the drink in this way.
There is a simple experiment with which you can authenticate wine at home. It is enough to drop a drop of glycerin into the wine. If the glycerin remains colorless, you have purchased real wine. If the droplet becomes reddish or yellowish, the wine contains a lot of dyes and impurities. Glycerin costs a penny, but you can buy it at the pharmacy.
Wine is immiscible with water. You can check if there is real wine in front of you in this way: pour some wine into a small bottle, pour water into a bowl. Pinch the bottom of the bottle of wine with your finger and lower it upside down into a bowl. Then release your finger - if the wine does not flow out of the bubble, but the water remains clear, then the wine in the bubble and in the bottle is real.