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Difference between Red Wine and White Wine

At first glance, it is easy to differentiate a red wine from a white one. However, the differences between these two types of wines usually go far beyond color. It is worth mentioning that within red and white wines there are other classifications, so some flavor characteristics only apply to some types while others do not. The table below presents, in a very general way, the most important differences between these two types of wine.

Comparison table

Red wine
White wine
What is it? Type of wine made from musts of red grapes. Instead, white wine is the product of alcoholic fermentation of the colorless pulp of grapes.
types of grape Red grapes such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, among many others. White grapes (green or yellow), such as Sauvignon and Chardonnay, among others.
Colour Red wine is found in a variety of colors from violet or purple to deep ruby ​​or blood. White wine is not really white. Rather, it oscillates between different shades of translucent yellow.
Flavor As for red wine, it has a more bitter taste, with more textures than white wine. White wine is usually more acidic and sweeter than red.
maceration temperature Between 24 and 26°C Between 17 and 19°C
Types Merlot, Malbec, Pinot noir, etc. Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, etc.

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