How many people in your life have given you a spiel about their wine expertise? How many times have you felt uncomfortable because you didn’t know what they were talking about? Don’t worry! No one is born an expert, that is why we are here, to teach you everything you need to know about wine so you can be an accomplished wine connoisseur, or at least to seem like you are.
The most important step is to debunk the myths associated with wine. Not every one that talks about it is an expert! With the tips that we are going to give you, you’ll be able to catch anyone who pretends to be an expert but really has no clue. Are you ready?
- The more expensive the better the wine.
This is not always true. When wine is very lowcost it has very little margen after paying fixed costs and taxes, which is why the wine might be of bad quality (although this is not always so). When the price is very high, you risk paying for the name, design, label or a star oenologist.
The best wine is always the one you like the most.
2. Wine improves with age.
The only person who improves with age is Antonio Banderas. Not all wines improve with time. Depending on the wine and its traits, wine can have a longer or shorter shelf life. Sometimes consumers store wine for a future occassion and the wine loses its freshness. Each wine has its ideal moment for being drunk.
3. Red wine pairs with meat and white wine with fish.
For quite some time, red wine has been associated with red meats and white wine with fish. The truth is that pairing wines is much more complex than this. You have to look for the contrast or balance of flavors depending on the occassion. There are many factors that come into play: flavors, aromas, number of dishes to be tasted, the season in which we find ourselves, even our mood! The world of wine is very complex.
4. Rosé and white/sweet wines are for women.
If you have a friend that says this, our recommendation is: purple card and NEXT.
5. Are wines that have an appellation of origin the only ones that are of good quality?
That a wine belongs to an appellation of origin means that it has been produced in a certain region and under the regulations required by its regulatory council.
This does not mean that a wine without an appellation of origin is bad quality, to the contrary! There are many wineries that produce great wine outside of appellations of origin. This allows them to experiment with different varieties and production methods.
6. Wine makes you fat and is bad for your health.
Besides breathing almost everything is bad for your health. Wine has more than a thousand substances that are good for your health. There are studies that have shown that the incidence of heart diseases decreases in countries with a higher consumption of wine. It is also proven that the regular intake of wine reduces the level of bad cholesterol. Other properties that are beneficial for diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s have been attributed to it. It also forms part of our so called “Mediterranean” diet. As always, it must be drunk in moderation. Too much of anything is bad for you!
7. The cap is important
Each year wine producers spend thousands of euros as a result of undesirable flavors in their wine due to defects in traditional corks. Corks are the cap historically used for wine and they have many great properties for its preservation. However, occasionally, they can spoil a good wine. Cans are one of the alternatives!
8. At a restaurant, they serve you the wine to see whether you like it or not.
If you have believed this your whole life, we’re sorry to tell you that you’re wrong! (but don’t worry, you’re not the only one). At restaurants they serve you the wine so that you can make sure it does not have any serious defects. What defects would be serious enough to justify returning the bottle? That the wine smells like mold, its very oxidated or it tastes like vinager, are a few examples. Although the most common motive is the so called “cork taint” or TCA caused by a contaminated cork.
This is where we end our section on myths associated with wine. Now you can sound like an expert! Cheers!