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Malolactic Fermentation

Malolactic Fermentation (MLF) ​​Perhaps my favorite of the geeky wine language is teaching wine novices about Malolactic Fermentation. As a wine Professional I enjoy making wine approachable and accessible. It doesn’t have to be intimidating. When a sommelier identifies certain aromas and bouquets there is a reason they are evident. Malolactic fermentation is literally the chemical process where malic acid (picture yourself biting into a green apple) is converted to lactic acid (now picture yourself drinking milk). Both are acids but the palate perceives them very differently. The malic acid will create a mouthwatering effect and a sensation felt in the sides of the cheeks. With lactic acid, it’s softer and felt over the surface of the tongue. When you...

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