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Did you know that you can make a white wine from red grapes? It's true! Take the zinfandel grape for example. If it is fermented with the red skin, then you will get red wine. Fermenting the juice without the red skins will give you the popular white zinfandel. The same is true about champagne. Champagne is made from three differednt grapes - chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. Only chardonnay grapes are white. Depending on whether or not the juice is fermented with the skins determines the color.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|