If you know only one thing about tannins, you probably know that they're the reason why red wine makes your mouth pucker. However, that's not the whole story. This crash course on tannins will give you answers to all the most common questions.
What are tannins? Tannins in wine are organic compounds or polyphenols derived from the seeds, skins and stems of the grapes. They can also come from the wood casks that wine is put in. Plus, they're not just found in wine. Many products like tea and cinnamon contain tannins.
Do white wines contain tannins? Yes, but they're usually much less noticeable.
What do tannins have to do with aging? Some fine wines can actually taste a bit unpleasant in their early stages when their tannins make them seem bitter and astringent. Tannins are like a preservative that fades with age, allowing other flavors to mature. Really extraordinary wines might even be put in new casks that will have the most tannins, and aged for decades.
Which wines usually have more tannins? There are always some exceptions, but if you want more tannin look for Bordeaux reds, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz or Syrah. For low tannin wines think Pinot Noir and Beaujolais.
What's the best way to enjoy high tannic wines? Keep drinking. Tannins tend to seem less intense as your mouth adapts. You can also pair them with high protein and high fat foods like meat and cheese so the tannins bind more with them, and less with the proteins in your mouth.
Whether you prefer high tannic or low tannic wines, Vino's proven selection includes many wonderful options for you to choose from. In fact, the best way to learn about tannins is to drink more wine so contact us today.