Have you ever wondered why wine comes in different colored bottles? The answer is an interesting blend of science and tradition – and a great way to impress your dinner guests.
Winemakers have been using colored wine bottles since the early 1700s. The most common wine bottle colors are dark green and amber. Other variations include blue, deep brown and frosted. Initially, colored wine bottles were used to limit exposure to light. Sunlight, and even incandescent light, may cause wine to degrade, affecting coloring, aroma and taste. Aged wines are susceptible to oxidation when stored for long periods in clear bottles. Yet, colored wine bottles are not as necessary as they once were.
Due to better harvesting and fermentation methods, most fine wines don’t require extensive aging for peak quality. And, with today’s hectic, live-in-the-moment pace, wine is often enjoyed right away rather than stored for months or years. In fact, it is estimated that 70 to 90 percent of wine in America is consumed within 24 hours of purchasing! (Have they been spying on me?)
While the idea of colored wine bottles may have scientific origins, it now seems as if tradition plays a primary role. Dark green glass bottles are typically used for red wines, while white wines are more likely to come in clear or light colored bottles. Rieslings—an internationally-acclaimed specialty from our neck of the woods—are often found in amber colored bottles. This is reminiscent of Rieslings’ German roots. Regardless of the glass color, though, it’s what’s inside that truly matters.
Chateau Grand Traverse offers an outstanding selection of white and red wines, including a variety of Riesling wines in both clear and colored wine bottles. And, you don’t need to be a wine aficionado to indulge.
Chateau Grand Traverse wines are meant to be enjoyed by everyone – exceptional quality at a reasonable price. Visit our winery tasting room or pick up a bottle at your local grocery store. Once you try one of our premium wines, you probably won’t care what color the bottle is…