English wines
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Before grabbing a bottle of beer, think about whether it is better to buy real British wine from 24 hour liquor store? By tradition, beer is considered a typical English spirits; but in fact wine has an even older history in England. People are often surprised to learn that grapes and wine were grown in England two thousand years ago.

However, it is a fact that the Romans were engaged in winemaking in the British Isles before conditions for development of winemaking were created in France. After the Romans left Britain, the vineyards fell into decay. Viticulture resumed during the 8th – 11th centuries, when the vineyards belonged to monasteries. During this time, there was also a great demand for English wine.

Not to be confused with British wine. The first is English and Welsh wine that is sold in liquor warehouse. The second is cheap fermented grape concentrate that is imported into Britain from all over the world.

Today, there are three of the most popular grape varieties from which English wine is produced. Müller-thurgau – not very sweet wine. Seiwal Blanc is often a fairly sweet and aromatic wine. However, this grape variety is hybrid, so this wine will never get the Quality Wine category. Reichensteiner is a slightly sweet grape variety.

The properties of grapes depend on the soil on which they grow. However, the quality and character of the wine is also influenced by natural enzymes and natural yeast that form in berries and cause fermentation as soon as sugar is released as a result of crushing the grapes. Like soils, enzymes are different in different places.

Nevertheless, production of any wine is based on the same principle: absorption of the sugar contained in the fruit by the cells of the yeast, while alcohol and carbon dioxide are released; the resulting alcohol reduces the yeast.

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