Why Wine and Leather are the perfect match

 

You probably have experienced those moments marked by a good bottle of wine, a wine that you thought would be ordinary when you opened it. This wine, this moment, these people you shared it with, you will remember of them for the rest of your life. And so is leather! It can surprise you at any time, it gets smoother with time and a leather-good that you fancy is always a great personal gift to give. Leather-goods like the SOF Case are able to amaze you at least as much as a good wine and the more you wear it the more you appreciate its touch and feeling just like you would enjoy the taste and flavor of a good wine at each of its “life stages".


Indeed, one important thing that fine wine and high-end leather-goods have in common is that they both get better with age!

Leather and Wine have always been here

Leather was invented in prehistory when our ancestors needed to transform animal furs into warm clothes. Tree barks were used at this time to avoid those furs to putrefy and it worked thanks to the tanning agents (also called tannins) . Although we don’t know exactly when wine, one of the best creation in the world was invented, we know for sure that it already existed in 6000 B.C.

They have similar Processes

The wine making as well as the leather making process (also called tanning) both start with a natural product, a skin for the leather and a grape for the wine. Those are transformed through different steps and processes with multiple possibilities depending on the desired results willing to be achieved. You add more of a certain chemical in the tanning process if you want to obtain a leather with a “smooth” feeling for instance. In the same way, you can play with different parameters and actions during the fermentation process of the wine to play on its intensity for instance.

They both have tannins

We mention tannins when talking about wine or leather. Tannins for leather are the chemical compounds allowing the skin to transform to leather while tannins in wine are responsible for its astringency (the drying feeling in the mouth often provided by red wine). Tannins are not always found in white wine since the grapes have a shorter maceration time when tannins are necessary to obtain a leather from a skin.

Sometimes out of control and often full of surprises

Although for both wine and leather we can control parameters to obtain a certain level of acidity, softness etc, very often good or bad surprises happen when we think everything is under control. I believe that’s what makes the beauty of leather and wine because for this specific reason you can also obtain the best results when you least expect it...


/Charlotte, Founder @SOFRANCISCO