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The color of Wines

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The color of wine can tell you a lot! The combination of hue, saturation, lightness, and depth, all give insight about the grape that gave way to that bottle of wine. The wide range of pinks and reds can tell you the type of grape, length of contact with the grape, blend of grapes, and aging of grapes in inert tanks or in wood vessels. All of these factors affect the color, flavor, and texture of that wine.

-Type of grape

The climate and elevation affect the depth of color of the grape. Certain grapes have darker colors like the Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.

-Length of Contact with the grape

The longer the contact between the grape skin and grape juice (where wine comes from) the darker color of the finished wine.

-Blend of grapes

Lighter colored wines may have a higher percentage of paler grapes blended with smaller amounts of darker grapes.

-Inert Tanks vs. Wood Vessels

Inert tanks develop a brighter colored wine, as wood vessels tend to develop an orange tone for Rosé or deeper red tones for a Red wine.


Why is Rosé pink?

Rosé is great summertime wine and is unique with how it is made. There are two ways in which winemakers use to achieve the unique Rosé. First method is when white and red wines are blended. However, this process is less popular with winemakers. Most of the time when you sip on a Rosé it has gone through the process of “bleeding”. Basically, once the grape juice has turned to the desired hue it is siphoned off and fermented on its own to make a Rosé. The rest of the juice stays to continue the fermentation process and eventually turns into a Red wine.

The Grapes!

Grapes that make white wines are paler in color….some of the most familiar varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, and Pinot Gris. The darker grapes for red wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Shiraz. Each grape has its own distinct flavor. When combined they make some very popular blends like a Bordeaux, Chianti, and Meritage.

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Food Pairings based on color…

The paler the color of wine tends to pair better with seafood, salads, and fresh cheeses.

The darker and richer red colored wines work well with grilled steaks and fish, charcuterie plate, or a rich crème brulee.


Catch 35 wines…

At Catch 35, we offer a variety of specialty wines from the California coast to Washington and Oregon wine country to International wines from France, Portugal, Argentina, and Germany. Our wine list celebrates the variety of colors that are found in wine…Rosé…Red Blends…White Blends….Chardonnay….Merlots….Cabernet Sauvignon…Sauvignon Blanc…..Pinot Noir….Champagne & Sparkling Wines.


Pair with Catch 35’s fresh seafood and premium steaks for an elegant night out! Live Jazz music is performed at Catch 35 Chicago every Tuesday-Saturday from 6-9pm as an extra special touch to enhance your dining experience with us.


Want to “Go Beyond the Glass” at Catch 35 Naperville, then join us for an intimate dinner with Jackson Estate wine representative, Shannon Wildenradt, Wednesday, August 9th, at 6pm for a 5 course wine and food pairing dinner that celebrates Jackson Estates Coastal Vineyards and Catch 35’s Signature dishes.

See you soon!