• Top 5 terms you need to know as a wine enthusiast

    If you don’t know what these words mean, are you really the wine expert your friends think you are?

    Wine lingo can feel like an entirely different language sometimes. If you have ever been to a tasting event, you will see all these serious looking people saying things like ‘dry’, ‘full’, ‘body’. If you have ever wondered what those terms actually mean, then you are in for a real treat, because today we are going to run down on the five most popular terms used in the wine world.

    • Dry: The French word for this is brut (you are welcome). Technically, a dry wine contains no more than 0.2 % of unfermented sugar. What that means is that this type of wine is the exact opposite of sweet because it has no residual sugar. During the fermentation process, all the existing sugar in the grape is converted fully into alcohol, leaving almost no sweetness in the wine. Probably not the best choice if you have a sweet tooth.
    • Body: The body of a wine is the way it feels on the tongue. Different wines will have varying degrees of thickness depending on alcohol and sugar content. The body of a wine is usually split into three categories; light, medium and full body.

      Light-bodied wines usually contain the least amount of alcohol and are delicate on the tongue. Most riesling wines are light-bodied. Medium-bodied wines like Cabernet Franc have a bit more fullness to them. Full-bodied wines like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have the highest level of alcohol and are great complements for rich-flavoured foods.

    • Fermentation: If you move in wine circles, then you definitely hear this term thrown around very often. Fermentation is a very key part of the winemaking process and it often determines what kind of wine you end up with. In the fermentation process, a specific amount of yeast is added to the crushed grape juice . Through a chemical reaction, the yeast begins to convert the grape sugars into ethanol and carbon dioxide, thereby creating alcohol.

    • Mouth/feel:

      This does not refer to a part of the body. The mouthfeel of a wine is quite simply, the feelings or sensations it creates in the mouth when it is sipped. This can range from sharp to crisp or smooth and creamy. The mouthfeel mostly depends on the alcohol content and the type of grapes used.

    • Nose: Also, not a body part. The nose of a wine is the way it smells in the glass. Is it floral, fresh, fruity, plum or zesty? The other ingredients that go into the wine-after the grapes- can contribute to creating a distinct nose for the wine. At Bluenun, we create the best and most luxurious wines that will appeal to any type of vinophile. (That is a bonus term that means wine lover.)

      Explore  our wide variety of white, red and rose wines to create any kind of moment that you want.

  • Is Red Wine really good for you?

    Did you know that in the 70’s, research found that French people are less likely to have heart disease? If there is anything the French are synonymous with, it is wine. Red wine in particular is one of the most popular kinds of wine.

    What is Red wine?

    Red wine is produced when dark grapes are crushed and fermented. This brand of liquor has been around for a long time. Even monks in the olden times used to have a regular glass every now and then. This is because red wine actually has some hidden health benefits. 

    Let’s have a look at some of the great health uses of red wine;


    • Stress relief: Red wine contains a very special ingredient known as resveratrol. This is a naturally-occurring antioxidant that you normally find in dark grapes. This antioxidant has a very exciting effect on the body. It directly reduces oxidative stress which is linked to a lot of heart diseases and cancer.


    • Depression: First of all, nobody can be sad when a bottle of good red is around. The better news is red wine actually helps to reduce levels of depression (if you keep it to 2-7 glasses a week; according to a 2013 study)


    • Sharper Mind: Wines-red in particular-contains a certain element known as flavanol. This flavanol serves as a shield that guards the human cells and also promotes blood vessel health. Overall, the flow of blood to the brain is improved, leading to a better memory, sharper mind and longer life.
    • Blood pressure: Red wine could actually be the medicine you did not know you needed. Remember resveratrol? Turns out it can also reduce blood pressure and encourage production of healthy cholesterol. The procyanidin compound in red wine also has the ability to cleanse blood vessels and improve the body system health.
    • Liver health: You have always been told that alcohol destroys your liver. But what if there is actually a type of alcohol that helps? Yeah there is one, and it is red wine.

      Consumption of red wine has actually been linked to a more healthy liver, lowering the risk of liver fibrosis. 
    • Disease protection: Wine is usually thought to be healthy for the body because it contains one great chemical called polyphenol. Polyphenol is an antioxidant and this means that it can lessen inflammation in the body. Inflammation is one the top causes of disease, so whichever way you look at it, that is a win-win.

      Red wine can also help you build better gut health, improve your digestion and build immunity to infection. Beyond all these absolutely amazing health benefits, red wine is also a really fun way to spend your self-care night, or to finish off a romantic date. That should count for something in the self-care department.

      If all of that did not convince you, then you should try one of our signature Blue Nun red wines and see what all the fuss is about. We offer a variety of premium luxury red wines suited for every ceremony and celebration.
  • What are the 4 Types of wine?

    How well do you really know your wines?

    Wine is really more than just a classy cocktail or a fizzy drink. It is a lifestyle statement, and like every statement it can be expressed in different ways. You probably have noticed that there are different types of wine based on style, colour, appearance and name. However, you are not sure how a rose is different from a white, are you? 

    Well, worry no more, because today, we are going to give you a proper introduction to the four major categories of wine.

    • Red wine: This is by far the most popular (and arguably the most romantic) kind of wine. Although the general term for this class is red, some red wines can actually be violet, brown or light-red. This depends on the maturity of the wine and the type of grape used to produce it. Two well-known variants of red wine are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

      Merlot is produced from a dark-blue grape that is native to the Bordeaux region of France. On the other hand, Cabernet Sauvignon is also from Bordeaux, but it has gained so much popularity as ‘King of red wine grapes’ that it is now cultivated all over the world.
    • White Wine: White wine is made from green grapes and mostly comes out dry rather than sweet. White wine sub-categories include Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

      Chardonnay is often used in creating champagne. As for Riesling, this is a special grape grown in the Rhine area of Germany and certain parts of Austria. It is an excellent ingredient for producing strong dry whites. Some yellow grapes can also be used to produce white wine, and it is not unusual to see a combination of variety in one single white.
    • Rose wine: Rose has a signature pink tint to it and is about half red wine, half white wine. Sometimes, rose can also be orange or almost purple. Several grapes can be used for creating rose wine, although they are mostly black grapes like Pinot Noir and Cabernet France. Rose wine can be either dry or sweet.
    • Sparkling wine: Now we come to the bubbly special. Sparkling wine is actually more of a style than a type of wine, because it can be made from either red, white or rose wine. The name sparkling is derived from the bubbles that are created in the wine during the fermentation process. This effect is achieved by trapping the carbon dioxide that is produced during fermentation to produce bubbles in the wine.

      Each type of wine holds its own appeal and will taste different. Whatever moment you want to celebrate, there is always a perfect wine to pair with it, so why not make it a Blue nun one?

      If your taste is crisp and straight-to-the-point, we recommend one of our white flavours. If you prefer to enjoy sweet and fruity flavours, we have a range of reds and rose wines to cater for you. If you really want something extra-special to celebrate the moment like no other, try our bubbly sparkly 24k Gold blend to feel like real royalty.

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