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Award-winning Wine Tends to Have High Ethanol and Sugar Levels

September 20, 2019

That's the finding of a recent paper in the Journal of Wine Research from Washington State University scientists, working with a colleague at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. To find out, they crunched several years of data from the Mundus Vini Challenge, which is held twice a year in Germany. Their analysis shows large wine challenges tend to favor wines with high ethanol and sugar levels. Flavors often associated with sweetness, including exotic fruits in white wines and dried fruit and spiciness in reds, also increase the chances of winning top prizes.