Did You Know?
The color of white wine gets darker as it ages, while red wine gets lighter in color.
It’s true. You can learn a lot about a wine’s flavors just by looking at your glass. The color of a wine comes from its contact with the skins after the grapes have been pressed; the longer the skins sit with their juice, the more color, texture, and flavor a wine pulls from them.
The older a white wine is, the darker its color will be. The opposite is true for red wines which get lighter with age. Young wines also tend to be more translucent and bright in color, while older wines will start to dull. Just think about how fruit eventually turns brown when exposed to air. The same is true as oxidation slowly seeps into a bottle through its cork, and over time, changes its color.
A wine’s age can also be seen in what’s call the rim variation - the difference in color from a wine at its core out to its rim. Older wines will show a range of fading colors from the core to the rim. Red wines will be darker at the core and gradually get more translucent, while white wines will be lighter at the core and become darker towards the rim.