Definition - What does Wine mean?

Wine is an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juices of fruit, usually wine grapes. However, wine can also be made with sugared infusions from any vegetation; flowers (such as elderberries or dandelion) and even vegetables. Mead for instance, is a wine made from honey.

When speaking in terms of grapes, wine is the fermented and alcoholic beverage made from the juice of grapes, which may or may not include the use of their skins.

WineFrog explains Wine

In everyday terminology, wine is defined as what is derived from the fermentation of grape juices. However, wine can be made from virtually anything.

Mead is a wine made from the fermentation of honey and water via the use of yeast. While it is most commonly found as a sweet wine, it can also be found in dry and semi-sweet styles.

Wines from flowers have been made as far back as the 1800s, and even earlier with dandelions, honeysuckle, elderberry, hibiscus, red clover, chamomile and more. While wine is served today merely for enjoyment, these wines were often seen medicinally as well.

In general, wine can be made almost from any vegetation as long as sugar, water and yeast are added. The process of making wine using grapes includes the processes of harvest, pressing or crushing, fermenting, finning, filtering and aging.

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