Why had diluted wine
In ancient times the wine was somewhat different role. For example, the Greek wine is the beverage of choice for quenching thirst, as they lacked drinking water. Clean water was allowed to eat only the children and the sick, the rest of the people had to make do with diluted wine.
The Romans, the wine is stored in thickened appearance due to the fact that their amphorae could not ensure the full preservation of the wine in liquid form. Therefore, before submitting a pudding-like consistency diluted with water - it was the crown of culture. In Ancient Rome believed that other Nations drink the wine undiluted. And though times have changed, the tradition has remained, it only acquired new values.
Why dilute the wine
Today the wine is diluted with water for several reasons. For example, to quench your thirst suitable white grape wine, diluted it in a proportion of 1:4 or 1:3 (part of the wine and 3-4 parts water).
More wine is diluted with water to reduce sweetness and strength. If you mix it with water correctly, it will be easy to hurry up without causing strong intoxication. Often homemade wines are too sweet, and the addition of water is able to neutralize the cloying taste. Only this wine should be diluted before feeding exclusively, and there is a risk that it will deteriorate.
Hot red wine warms you up, using it to treat coughs and colds. There's a bottle of red wine should be diluted with 200 ml of water, add 7 buds cloves and honey with nutmeg to taste. The mixture should be brought to a boil, boil minutes on low heat. It turns out homemade mulled wine, having a therapeutic effect. During cooking, part of the alcohol evaporates, and because of the added water, the drink is alcoholic. To cure a cough twice a day to drink a Cup of hot wine.
For religious purposes, wine is also diluted. For example, Orthodox priests during the Sacrament handed out to parishioners diluted Cahors. Another Cahors by mixing quality is verified. For this part of the Cahors wine diluted with three parts water, after 15 minutes, the wine should taste. Quality Cahors to preserve the aroma and color, the surrogate will have an unpleasant odor and turbid.
How to dilute the wine
To dilute the wine used exclusively spring, boiled or distilled water. White and red wine in Argentina diluted with sparkling mineral water, a ratio of 1:3 is obtained sparkling wine.
When diluted wine, its volume must always be less than the volume of water. White wine in the European tradition was diluted with cold water, red - hot. Water can dilute dessert wine, semidry, semisweet and sweet wines, if diluted fortified wine, it will lose its taste. By the way, the water must pour in the wine, not Vice versa.
If you adhere to the aforementioned recommendations, you can get a soft drink with a pleasant light taste.