Most Common Wine Myths – Busted
Everyone has that friend that loves wine. Not because they drink it all the time, but because they consider themselves well versed on the subject. They could pick out the different kinds of wine just by smelling the rims of bottles. After reading a label, they’ll happily tell you what region the grape was grown that made that particular kind of wine. It can be interesting to listen to how much they know, and then it can get stressful.
If you like wine, you’ve probably felt the pressure to be like that one friend who knows wine on a personal level. You may have spent some time doing online research to learn more about what you like to drink, or maybe you thought about taking a class about the history of wine. Any effort seems worth it if you’re able to hold your own in the next conversation at a dinner party, right?
Turns out, plenty of people who think they know a lot about wine actually only believe in myths. There are so many false facts about wine that have spread around over the years that they’ve become common knowledge as truth. After all, when was the last time you fact checked that knowledgeable friend? Read on to find out what common wine myths are actually false so you can stop stressing about not knowing enough and relax with a glass of your favorite wine.
- Older is Always Better
The old saying goes that wine gets better with time. The longer it sits and has the chance to age, the deeper the flavor goes. It’s why people order the most expensive bottles of wine at those work dinner parties, but in reality, you can tell your friends to save their money.
Grapes are a good just like any other, and they’ll go bad in time no matter how their processed. That’s why the truth about aging wine is that most wines are better enjoyed right away. Only a few need to be aged, so if you’re buying wine for yourself that was made within the last couple years, you don’t need to worry about drinking bad wine.
- White for Fish, Red for Meat
Don’t panic if you’re out for a meal and want to order wine but you can’t remember what goes with what you ordered. Wine is a flexible drink, so learn how to pair red wine with seafood. Fattier fish go well with light-bodied reds like gamay and pinot noir. You can also pair a chardonnay with pork, beef and poultry. If you feel like you need an in-person explanation, go to a local wine tasting and ask away.
- Wine Doesn’t Go Bad
Save yourself and throw away that half bottle of moscato that’s been in your fridge for a month. Popping a new bottle introduces bacteria to the wine, which begin to change the flavor immediate. It’s why wine goes bad after you open it. Reading up on the process that makes wine will make you look at it entirely different, so find out how wine goes from grapes to glass and you’ll see how wine isn’t the invincible, fancy drink you’ve always thought it to be.
- Drink White to Red
Some people will tell you that you should never drink white wine after you’ve had a glass of red. Instead, you’re supposed to drink “light” to “heavy.” This isn’t actually a set rule. You can drink white after red whenever you want. It’s a great way to wake up your pallet if you’re at a taste testing. It’s also not more likely to give you a hangover. As always, that depends on being smart about how much you drink.
When it comes to wine, you don’t have to feel like you know everything about the subject in order to call yourself a wine drinker. If you know what you like and it works for you, that’s all that matters. Myths about when to drink what kind and what to look for in a bottle only create unnecessary pressure that you don’t need to deal with. Order what you know works for you and enjoy your glass, the wine was meant to be served.