Aging wine is not necessary, but if you have the space and proper conditions a properly-aged wine will yield great returns not available anywhere else. Note, despite the tomes written about wine as an investment, my reference to "returns" are limited to those of a sensory nature...
Hearing words like "tannins" and "oxidation" may make you feel like you're back in chemistry class, but they're oh so important to the wines we enjoy on the regular. Don't let them intimidate you, though — getting familiar with wine's most common terms can be as easy as pouring a glass of red at the end of a long day. Brush up on these words, and you'll be moving past "sweet" and "dry" in no time so that when you go wine tasting again, you'll be the pro with all the insider knowledge.
Texas has 14 native grape species with the most common in the Houston area being Mustang and Muscadine. Both turn blackish when they are ripe and have thick skins that you can squeeze to pop out the juicy part. Mustangs are mostly used in wine and jelly making because they are so acidic you can hardly eat them. Muscadines are much sweeter and grow higher in the trees.
Medium-Bodied Red Wine Background: Medium red wines are what I like to call "food wines." They offer up tons of flavor with a balance of zesty acidity which makes them match with a wide variety of foods (from zesty salads to rich and cheesy lasagna). These are the perfect mid-week wines for red wine lovers. What to try: There are many varieties that span the mid-weight red wine category, so, to name a few familiar ones, check out Grenache, Sangiovese, Merlot, Zinfandel, Montepulciano,