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The color of a wine is an indicator of its condition, quality, age, and even style. In general, the less intense a wine's color is, the more delicate the flavor and BODY will be. The color of any good wine should be clear. As wines AGE, their colors change-white wines become darker, often with traces of amber; red wines begin to fade and often assume a tawny, brick-red cast. A change of color in a young wine signals premature aging.

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Material adapted from the The New Food Lover's Companion

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THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.


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