Next months theme for the popular virtual wine tasting event, Wine Blog Wednesday, will be Lite Alcohol Reds, hosted by Tim from Winecast on June 14th. Modern methods of winemaking have pushed the envelope on high alcohol wines. Some point the finger at wine critics, whose palates favor concentrated ripe fruit flavors that are the result of leaving fruit on the vine longer. Because the sugar levels in the grapes hit high levels at harvest, during fermentation, these sugars are converted into alcohol, and If the wines aren’t balanced with the right acidity, the high alcohol level can be very noticeable. Nowadays, most wines are easily in the 15% range. Tim is urging us to find red wines that don’t exceed a 12.5% ABV.
I might have to leave California for this one.