Which is the most expensive wine ever sold?
Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck – 275,000 dollars. This bottle of sparkling wine from the Heidsieck winery needed eighty years to achieve full maturation. Sent by the Russian Imperial family in 1916, a shipwreck along the Finnish coast caused many of these bottles to be lost at sea. Yet, in 1997, 200 were found. Today, at last, they are sold to an elite crowd with expensive tastes through special requests in Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow, at least. Certainly, the extraordinary story of this wine and its incredible age make the Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck the most expensive wine in the world.
Are there rules to knowing which vintages are better for which wine regions?
The characteristics of a particular vintage are determined by the quality of that year’s grape crop. Improvements in wine making over the years have made vintage year less central to choosing a wine produced in most wine regions. Vintages are more important when collecting more expensive wines, especially those designed to be aged, and in growing regions where a less than satisfactory growing season is not compensated for using innovative wine making technology or practices. If you are interested in learning about specific vintages, reading wine publications and tasting wines from different vintages will help you determine a vintage’s characteristics.
How is wine made?
The following is a synopsis of the basic steps taken to make wine: Grapes are crushed to release the sugar in their juice. The juice naturally ferments when yeast comes in contact with the sugar in the grape juice. The result is alcohol and carbon dioxide. Red wine is made with dark-skinned grapes and fermented with the grape skins. White wines are made with white grapes, or if made with some dark-skinned grapes the grape skins are removed prior to fermentation. Rosé wines have contact with the skins of dark-skinned grapes just long enough to impart a pink color. The fermented wine is then separated from the grape solids and transferred into a vat or casks where it is clarified, stabilized, and may be taken though optional processes. Finally, the wine is bottled.

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