Oh My Yeast
One of the most important moments in the history of wine was in 1857 when French chemist Louis Pasteur proved wine consisted of microscopic organisms known as yeast. Yeast basically turns the sugars into alcohol. The outcome was knowledge of different yeast types which lead to better hygiene, less spoilage, and greater efficiency in wine production. According to Winepros.org, wine making, also known as Viniculture is a practice passed down 5000 years with few official records or documentation.
This is a big part of history because we learn about one of the key components of healthier wine making. Most people don’t learn the facts about alcohol in wine and the effect it has on the human body. They would rather tell themselves they are being healthy by drinking wine and just be part of the band wagon. Now wine is science and why its healthy for you is the truth. It is very true that wine is healthy for you, being it comes naturally from fruit and fermentation. It has an antioxidant in it called resveratrol which contributes to a healthy heart. This key ingredient supposedly prevents blood clots and helps with the reduction of bad cholesterol. However, the amount consumed plays the key role in whether or not it negatively/positively affects you. One effect alcohol has on the human body is an Altered Mental Status. Yeast is the difference between wine and grape juice. Solo wine makers would focus on specific yeast type to develop aromas for the wine.
To conclude, the discovery of yeast was crucial to the development of wine and the way it is appreciated today. There are many different types of fermentation processes that will only progress us forward as we develop and implement these wine traditions.