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If you are planning on visiting wineries or are looking for the best wine in Brookline, reading up on the basics of wine will make your search fun and efficient. Also visiting a wine store in Brookline will give you a great selection of wine. Wine is popularly made from fermented grapes, but from other fruits as well. Wine has been cherished and produced for thousands of years, dating back 8,000 years in Georgia and 7,000 in Iran. Wines that aren’t made from grapes can be made from a number of different fruits or plants, such as rice, pomegranate, apple, elderberry, and banana.

Wines made from fermented grapes are classified by the variety of grape used and the region where the grapes were grown. When the type of grape in the wine is the basis of its classification, the wine is called a varietals. Wines classified by the region are named according to that region. Wines are available in different sorts, but can be grouped down into two basic types, white wine and red wine. White wines are known for being clear, while red wine is known for being intensely dark. They are both classified by taste, such as dry wines, medium wines, and sweet wines. Red and white wine can be found easily in any wine store in Brookline.

Red wines are made from red grapes and acquire their color by allowing the grape’s skin to combine with grape juice while the wine is made. Some examples of red wines are cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, and zinfandel. White wines are clear and made from white grapes. Some can actually be made from red grapes, but the skin and juice must never touch. Ranging from dry to sweet, the most popular white wines are chardonnay, Riesling, sauvignon Blanc, and gewürztraminer.

Rose wines or blush wines aren’t truly red; they are given a faded reddish tint for differentiation from white wine. Sparkling wine is highly carbonated and can be made white, red or rose. The most famous sparkling wine is champagne, which comes from the champagne region. Dessert wines are made from the residual sugars left in the finished wine. Depending on this process, dessert wines can be off-dry to super sticky sweet wines. Fortified wines are made by adding grape spirits to wine. Now that you know a little more about wine, finding the best wine in Brookline will be a walk in the park.

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Foley's Liquors
228 Cypress Street, Brookline, MA  02445
Phone: (617) 277-6100

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  • Monday
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday
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  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
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  • Friday
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Saturday
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  • Sunday
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM