“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine”
 –  Jean Anthelme Brillat-Saverin.

 

Firstly, a thank you to my friend Stacey who came up with the idea to post a weekly column all about wine.  Not a bad idea at all I thought!  As you have probably noticed, I have recently been posting a number of wine reviews, which I hope you are enjoying.  In addition to these reviews, each Wednesday I will also be posting tips on tasting wine, myths about wine, food pairing ideas and more.  I will also be educating myself along the way.  I hope you enjoy!

WINE MYTHS

Wine has to “Breath”

While wine does sometimes need to open up, it does not need to breathe from the bottle when opened.  The glass should be half-filled so that the aroma and flavors can easily soften and the wine can be fully exposed to the air.

Never mix different types of wine

Apparently it causes hangovers.   Well, of course it will if you drink too much of it.  Different wines with different foods over a long meal can be very pleasurable and enjoyable.  It is all about moderation, that is what makes the difference not the mixing of wine!

Wine improves with age

While certain wines benefit from a few years of aging not all wines do.  Those that have a lot of tannins and high intense flavors such as Cabernet Sauvignons and heavier whites such as Chardonnays and Burgundies may improve for a few years but tend to stop after about three to five years. This does not mean that wines will turn after a few years.

Drink white wine with fish and red wine with meat

While many think this is a rule, it is not.  It is more of a guideline.  The only rule about wine is that you should drink what you like and enjoy. 

“Legs” indicate a higher quality of wine

This myth was debunked years ago.  Legs or tears are the streams that you can see running down the inside of a glass.  While this may indicate a higher level of alcohol, it does not indicate the quality of the wine in any way.

If you are interested in learning more, a super book to read on this topic is Wine Myths and Realtiy by Benjamin Lewinn.

 Tracey