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Unfiltered Wine | The Wine Virgin
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Unfiltered Wine

March 12, 2008

Does unfiltered wine have a better taste than wines that have been fined? - Lee in Missoula, MT

Instead of producing unfiltered wines, these days many large scale labels will run their wines through a very fine filter to remove the sediment and particles that could give it a foggy appearance. Still there are a lot of small wineries that believe this process may strip the wine of it’s character and unique flavors.

Because of this they rely on other processes such as cold stabilization or racking to remove these particles. Keep in mind that unfiltered wines or wines that have been left unfined may have a small amount of sediment in the bottle.

The appearance might not be as clear but these wines are certainly as good as and most likely even better than what the large wineries produce. When looking at the bottle, don’t worry if you were to notice a small amount of sediment at the bottom. This is not something that can make you sick but it’s not too fun drinking it either.

Wines are sometimes labeled unfined to point out the fact that they should be more flavorful. Who doesn’t enjoy a good tasty mouthful of something rare and special every now again?

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