Juniper! is the obvious pub quiz response. And of course, that’s correct. Juniper is definitely the main thing, but there’s plenty more you need to know about the gin-making process before you can really say you know about gin. How is gin made? How long does gin-making take? How are the different varieties affected by the locality in which it’s made? What makes top-quality gin, and is price a factor in which is the best?
People have all kinds of reasons for choosing the wines they do. Perhaps you sampled a memorable glass on a foreign holiday and prefer stick to that grape or wine-growing district forevermore. Maybe you're drawn to the quirky label, or even the price - bargain basement or sky-high expensive vintage red wine varieties. But if you’re a true lover of red wine, whether English red wine or other red wine varieties, it’s worth properly understanding the differences so that you know what you’re drinking.