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Botrytized Wine | The Wine Virgin
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Botrytized Wine

March 18, 2008

What is botrytized wine? - Lana in Las Cruces, NM

Botrytized wine comes from Botrytis. This is a fungus that is found in humid enviroments and attacks the skins of grapes. The fungus causes them to shrivel and can kill the grapes but it can also lead to what is also known as noble rot.

If given the right conditions, the dehydration concentrates the sugars and can add a variety of flavors. The process that creates botrytized wine leads to a different texture and produces very sweet, white wines that have a unique style and flavor all of their own. See how something seemingly bad like the loss of an entire wine crop can be saved with a little ingenuity?

Think about how dedicated to wine you really must be if you are willing to drink something that has been molding on the vine for a while? The winos of old have set an example for us all. Enjoy!!

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