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Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy. --Benjamin Franklin

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Granny Smith's
Apple Wine
Peachy
Keen
Cheryl's Choice
Chocolate Raspberry
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Squire Austin's
Golden Plum
Port of Columbia
Elderberry Port
Quartermaster's
Blend

Wine is an alcoholic beverage, made of fermented fruit juice, usually from grapes. Grapes are the most common fruit source for wine due to its natural chemical balance, which lets them ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, or other nutrients. Wine is produced by fermenting sugar using various types of yeast. Yeast consumes the sugars and converts it into alcohol. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts produce different types of wine.

Wines made from fruits other than grapes, such as apples and berries, are normally named after the fruit from which they are produced (for example, apple wine or peach wine) and are generically called fruit wine or country wine (not to be confused with the French term vin de pays). While the term fruit wine is limited to wines made primarily from the sugars of fruits and berries, the term country wine has a much broader definition and includes not only fruit wines, but wines made from flowers, vegitables and spices. In order to acheive the requisite levels of alcohol in country wines it is often necessary to add other sugars in the form of cane sugar, mollasses, maple syrup or honey. Wines made with honey are called Mead, which has a class all its own.

Country wine is defined as a fermented beverage where at least 51% of the fermentable sugars came from a source other then grapes. It may contain malted sugars from grain or starch, but less than 49%. It will be between 8% and 22% Alcohol by Volume (ABV) and may have been fortified with distilled spirits, but cannot have been distilled itself.

Others, such as barley wine and rice wine (i.e., sake), are made from starch-based materials and resemble beer and spirit more than wine, while ginger wine is fortified with brandy. In these cases, the term "wine" refers to the higher alcohol content rather than production process. The commercial use of the English word "wine" (and its equivalent in other languages) is protected by law in many jurisdictions.

Wine has a rich history dating back to around 8000 BC and is thought to have originated in areas now within the borders of Armenia, Georgia and Iran. Wine first appeared in Europe at about 4500 BC in the Balkans, and was very common in ancient Greece, Thrace and Rome. Wine has also played an important role in religion throughout history. The Greek god Dionysus and the Roman equivalent Bacchus represented wine, and the drink is also used in Christian Eucharist ceremonies and the Jewish Kiddush.

To find out more about Wine check out this article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine.

To find out more about Country Wine check out this article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_wine.


 


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