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If you are a wine lover, this nifty infographic will give you a newfound appreciation for the humble grape. Brought to you by the folks at VinePair, the infographic details the life of a grape in 12 steps - everything from the moment it first appears on the vine to the instant you pop the cork of your favorite vintage.
The exciting process of winemaking starts in the spring when the buds on the vine break. From there, grapes grow slowly over a period of months, gradually changing color. They are harvested when perfectly ripe.
Then comes the exciting stuff: pressing, fermenting, and bottling. There are other steps involved but the hardest part is the waiting. Once the wine comes of age, so to speak, it ends up in the hands of consumers like you.
Take a look below to learn more all about the exiting process of winemaking (click to enlarge):
Now that you know the ins and outs of winemaking, why not pick up a few tips on wine pairings? Here's a visual guide that will help you pair 10 different types of wine with the foods that complement them best. For instance, you'll learn that rosés are great with fish and that champagne is delightful with salads. If you really want to be a connoisseur, check out these 26 things you probably didn't know about grapes.
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