There are two ways to answer this question which I found on Quora. Presumably, the writer didn’t really mean “which wine tastes best”. That would simply be a matter of taste.
I prefer to read the question as “What is the best wine to which other flavors have been added”, which makes more sense.
Personally, I love Retsina, a dry white wine from Greece to which tree resin is added, sometimes more, sometimes less. This has been done since ancient times as a means of preservation. Yes, it’s an acquired taste, but nothing beats a well-cooked moussaka or a rabbit stifada with a glass of ice-cold, home-made Retsina that always reminds me of the pine woods above Chora Sfakion on Crete.
Other ways of aromatizing wine were used in ancient times, for instance in Mesopotamia, Greece, and in ancient Rome, with honey, herbs and spices leading the list. This was done mostly for medicinal reasons, but people obviously got used to the taste after a while, and some preferred these wines, as we know from contemporary sources.
Today, there are lots of examples of wines that have been altered to make them taste better or at least differently. Probably the best-known is Vermouth, which was invented in 1786 by Antonio Carpano, a wine producer in Piemonte. Weiterlesen