Here are several myths about wine we will attempt to debunk.
1. All wines are better with age.
If you keep a bottle of wine in your pantry thinking it will be better if you save it for several years, you may ruin a perfectly good bottle of wine. In addition, the majority of wine is to be consumed within the first year or two. About 90% of wines are made to drink right away.
2. Always serve red wine with meat and white wine with fish.
It is true red wine tastes good with meat and white wine is lovely to pair with fish. Seems like tuna or even salmon go excellent with some red wines. While white wine that is fruity or distinguished pairs nicely with a slab of beef. Therefore, you really need to have a better understanding of food pairings before making wide assumptions.
3. Expensive wines always taste better.
This may be true of a lot of wine. But a lot more goes into the price such as the location, quantities, exclusiveness, celebrity ratings and a whole slew of other reasons. Don’t believe us? Well go to your local liquor store and see which wines are flying off of the shelves.
4. The bigger the wine better the wine will taste.
It is true the bigger the bottle the more you have to drink. However, there are plenty of wines that come in big bottles that we feel taste terrible. The size of the bottle doesn’t make wine taste any better.
5. Age-worthy wines are always sealed with a cork.
There are amazing wines that have aged beautifully with a screw top cap. Some age better than some that are corked. And don’t let the old myth that ‘corked wine is more prestigious’ stop you from trying some wines that are not corked. As a result, you may just discover your new favorite wine is cork-free.
6. Boxed wine is inferior and cheap.
While boxed wine may be inexpensive, it does not mean all boxed wines are bad. Box wine is portable, convenient and many of them taste really good. As a result, don’t judge a wine by it’s box.
7. Small, private wineries make the most prestigious and noteworthy wine.
While there are many small and private wineries that make exceptional wines, don’t rule out wines from big corporations. Big corporations have a lot of money and people working for them to perfect the taste of the wine. Therefore, be open about wine makers so you don’t miss out on some truly wonderful varietals and blended wines.
8. Blended wines are not as good as wines made with one type of grape.
It is very true that many wines with only one type of grape in them can be labelled as authentic and prestigious. However, there are several wineries who do blend their grapes and pass the wine off to even the most professional wine tasters as varietal, or single grape wines. As a result, labels can fool you. Not only that, there are so many delicious types of blended wines.
9. Red wine should be served at room temperature while white wine should be ice cold.
Red wine at room temperature can speed up the aging process and may ruin the taste of the wine. And white wine should not be served ice cold. Ice cold wine can change the chemistry of the wine and change the taste. So there you go. You should keep your wine at the recommended temperature that you would store it at.
10. You should always let your wine breathe before drinking.
For some wines this may be quite true but not all wines need to breathe. However, not only that, just uncorking a wine bottle will not give a bottle of wine enough air to breathe. And the best way to aerate wine is by putting it into a decanter.
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