When we talk about the science of wines, there is always this segregation of the expensive and the cheap ones. Of course, we know that there is a considerable difference to its processes, types, and quality of fruits, as well as bottling and preservation. But have you ever wonder whether these differences entirely make sense? Let’s try and understand the whole part of this interesting comparison.
Wine has been part of the human experience since ancient history. It is not just a fun and enjoyable beverage because it is something especially served only for specific occasions back in the days. People do not drink it to get drunk. But they are also not drinking it for its flavor either. Wine is a symbol of status and power in ancient times. Perhaps that is because of its effort in creating even a glass of it. But after thousands of years, wines became so popular in the world that it reached its potential to become one of the popular alcoholic drinks up until today. Perhaps that is due to with its longer preservation that the better taste it gets.
Expensive wines are from high-grade and better-shaped grapes. They go through an extensive process of selection piece by piece. The healthier grapes are handled more carefully to help in warding off bad flavors that come from the damaged or rotten ones. The grapes are fermented with the best yeast as well. Same as the process, high-quality barrels handle this aging course because it will add more impact to the wine flavor. For example, those barrels made from oak trees which grow in quality over time. The high-quality barrels reduce acidity and tannins to allow a fruitier flavor instead of having a bitter-tasting one. As you can see, the rates of wines can go up to $2 to $5 per bottle in a year depending on the factors such as type of barrel wood, place of aging, and soil composition of the region. But is it worth it?
Some studies show people can never identify which better tasting wine is more expensive than the other. That gives the impression that all wines taste the same regardless of its price and bottling. Though there are experts in wine tasting, still, the majority of people do not have the same expertise. Therefore, distinguishing which is typically a bit useless at some point. Not to mention the difference in taste buds every person has. There are tendencies that even if the wine has an expensive price tag, chances are; people might never like its taste compared to the cheap ones.
Honestly, people who cannot afford expensive wines often do not care. That is because every flavorful taste is subjective. Who knows? You might spend a thousand dollars in a bottle of wine and end up hating it. You see, it does not mean it has a higher price tag; it will automatically have the great taste. It will all come down to a specific preference.