It's time to rethink some popular wine myths and say them "Goodbye!". Feel free to pair white wine and red meat, dunk a few ice cubes into your Malbec and do other things that drive wine snobs crazy, because, wine not?
These are the most widespread wine consumption "rules" you should get out of your mind.
Good Wine Is Expensive Wine
Nope, wine does not have to be expensive to be a good wine. The price depends on the grape variety, region size, yield, taxation, equipment, and marketing campaign. The taste is also connected with the region, technology of production, and even weather conditions. But the higher price doesn't mean the better taste. Some of the world's most delicious wines are still very affordable and you don't have to spend huge amounts of money to find something high quality and really very tasty!
Old Wine Is Always Better Than Young One
Well, that’s not 100% true. Some red wines do taste better well-aged but actually, young wines taste brighter and fresher than their older colleagues. Rosé wines do not get better with age at all. You probably won't find a rosé aged for more than two or three years. So, if you bought a bottle of nice wine and keep it on the shelf hoping to increase its quality and taste — you are just wasting your time and a bottle of good wine. Please, drink it. You won’t regret your decision.
Red Wine Pairs With Steak and White Wine — With Fish
Food and wine pairing is much more complicated than this widespread rule. We are just saying that the wine world is so diverse that you just cannot narrow your choice to this only option. There is a great choice of robust, fruity whites that can complement your steak and light-bodied reds that will taste match-nificent with salmon and other fish. Wine not?
Read our blog post if you need some general guidelines to discover delicious food and wine pairings.
If Wine Has Some Fruit Flavors — There Is Actually These Fruits In The Wine
What about no? Wine is generally made of grapes only. The other flavors and notes you might taste are just chemistry and a little bit of magic. Depending on the variety, grapes can share in common particular aroma molecules with other fruit. For instance, Malbec grapes contain the same flavour molecules as plum, and Sauvignon Blanc has the same particles as those detected in green vegetables.
Never Put Ice Cubes Into a Glass of Wine
If you want to chill your wine with a few ice cubes — do it! Don't be afraid of the judgemental gazes of the wine snobs, they won’t bite you, we hope. Ice in wine is not a sign of poor taste or lack of knowledge. It is just a method to cool your drink and to temper the wine if it is too strong for you. By the way, chilling your wine also helps to unleash some incredible aromas and notes of the drink. So, checkmate, wine snobs, chilling your wine with ice is not silly, it is even beneficial for the taste experience!
Red Wine Made of Red Grapes, White Wine Made of White Grapes, and Rosé Is Just a Blend of Them
This could be true, but it is not. Contrary to what the name might suggest, white wine is made of both red and white varieties. The red pigments are extracted from the fruits so just a “clear” juice is left, which is then fermented. In the case of red wine, the grape skins are not extracted and the colour is kept.
Rosé is made from red grapes varieties. Wines get their colour from the skins of red grapes just like red wines. But unlike with the reds, the grape skins are soaked into the clear juice for a very short amount of time (it could be hours or days). Once the makers have achieved the desired colour, they take skins away and then ferment the pink juice.
Now you are free from all those wine myths. It's high time to choose a bottle or 10 of fermented grape juice for the evening! Discover delicious wines from independent winemakers!