What makes sediment in wine?

6/18/2014

Sediment is a byproduct of winemaking, and it can form during the fermentation process or while a wine matures in a bottle. Sediment is completely natural and not harmful, with most of it made up of bits of seeds, grape skin, and crystal-like tartrates. Some winemakers fine or filter their wines to remove these solids, while others prefer to leave it, believing it gives the wine more character and complexity. If its presence bothers you, simply decant or aerate the wine before serving.

Are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc related?

Yes! It was discovered about 15 years ago through DNA testing that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Since vine breeding wasn’t well understood at the time, it’s assumed that creation of Cabernet Sauvignon was an accident.

What does the word “Oenothèque” mean?

Oenothèque is the French version of the Italian word “enoteca” and the German word “vinothek” - all referring to a place to store wine or a wine library.