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Wine Grapes vs. Table Grapes

Have you’ve ever wondered why you can’t head to the grocery store, pick up some concord, red or green grapes, bring them home, crush them and turn them into delicious wine? What’s the actual difference between table grapes and wine grapes? The answer? A lot, actually.

Table Grapes Table grapes are grown in a way to make them more physically appealing. They are larger, seedless, with thicker pulp and thinner skins to give them that ideal ‘pop’ when you eat them. Table grapes have less acidity and also less sugar than a wine grape.

Wine Grapes Wine grapes are grown to produce the sweetest and most potent grapes. They are smaller, riddled with seeds, have thicker skins and higher juice content (vs. pulp). Wine grapes are delicate and difficult to transport. When you eat a fresh wine grape they ooze apart leaving you with crunchy bitter seeds and chewy grape skin.

Another difference between these grapes is the species from which wine and table grapes originate. All wine grapes come from the Vitis Vinifera species, a species native to the Mediterranean, including Europe and the Middle East. But while some table grapes also come from this species, others come from species such as Vitis Labrusca, and Vitis Rotundifolia, species that don’t make great wine but are delicious to eat.

Sweetness is another characteristic where these two grape categories differ drastically. While you might think the opposite, wine grapes are much sweeter than table grapes, and that’s a necessary thing because grapes need a lot of sugar if yeast is going to convert their juices into alcohol.

Finally, the yield of wine grapes compared to table grapes is incredibly different. Table grape producers use a trellis system that allows the grape bunches to hang without touching each other, providing the ability to produce three times as much fruit. That much production would make a pretty terrible wine, but it creates delicious fruit for an afternoon snack. Just don’t try crushing and vinifying them.

 

Wine News

Five stars for Newton Johnson

What more to say? The team of Newton Johnson in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley just make damn good wine. The family vineyards Pinot Noir scored its five stars for the eight time in row. A great proof that you also get excellent Pinot Noir not only from Europe or New Zealand, but also from South Africa. Oh and it should not be forgotten to mention, that they also make some really handsome Chardonnays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available at Winematters; situated in 324 Sam Nujoma Drive, Windhoek

Taste Buds

Lamb Korma

 

 

 

 

 

 

A familiar staple of Indian restaurants around the world, korma is more than a dish — it is a cooking style. Put simply, it consists of marinated meat or vegetables that are cooked with ghee or oil, then braised with water or stock, yoghurt or cream (or sometimes all of these).
A great wine to companion this dish, would be a bottle of Chenin Blanc. Dornier, Metzer, Super Single Vineyards, to name a few, produce some extraordinary stuff of these.

 

Things We Like

Riedel Wine Glasses

Riedel (established 1756) has been producing glass in the heart of Europe for over 250 years and for eleven generations. They are recognized worldwide for designing and producing the highest quality glasses and decanters for the enjoyment of wine and spirits.
Riedel produces collections for every lifestyle and price range, whether for critical wine evaluation, a picnic or dinner. There is a series for every wine lover

Available at Winematters; situated in 324 Sam Nujoma Drive, Windhoek