Did you know how grapes were pressed & how wines were stored since ancient times? This week, we explore 2 traditions that are still practiced today. 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 Long before the advent of the basket press, wine grapes were crushed by foot treading before putting its contents through a sack made of cloth to filter out the juice. The basket press works by filling it with grapes, and then pressing them from the top using a heavy disc. The gaps in-between the wood staves allow the juice to run through, leaving most of the grape skins, stems and seeds behind. Today, many small artisanal winemakers and Champagne houses still use the basket press, albeit with minor adjustments. 𝗢𝗮𝗸 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘀 We have been drinking wine for millenniums and over the years, wine containers have changed. Before glass was used in the 17th century, oak barrels were a popular choice for storage & sales as they were watertight and easy to transport. Usage of oak barrels is still prevalent today as they allow oxygenation and they add flavours to wine, resulting in a smoother and less astringent palate. #StraitsWine #StraitsWineCompany #WineSingapore #SGWineLover #WineTime
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