Wine 101: 7 Popular Myths About Wine Revealed

Think you know everything about wine? You may be surprised. There are a lot of myths about wine, and it’s ruining the experience for many people. You may end up choosing wine based on an untrue myth rather than on your preferences. The following list will debunk a few myths about wine so that you can enjoy it more.

Myth #1: Good Wine Is Expensive

When browsing the aisles for wine, you may immediately go to the most expensive wines: Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Egon Muller-Scharzhof Scharzhofberger Riesling and others. The truth is that not all expensive wine is better. A lot goes into the price of wine, including:

  • Age
  • Reputation of winery
  • Supply and demand
  • Distributor costs
  • Seller up charge

Yes, age does sometimes produce better wine, but not always. Some wines are just as good when they have not been sitting for a while. The other price factors have nothing to do with taste, so you can get some really great-tasting wine just because the winery is not well known (yet) and the demand isn’t so high.

Myth #2: Wines With Screw Caps Are Not Good

Wines with screw caps used to have the reputation of being low quality, but that isn’t the case now that higher quality wines have started using them. The reason screw caps are making it to better wines is because they are made better now. There are different liner options, and some of them no longer have threads, which keeps air out of the bottle. Many winemakers love the idea of screw caps because they are less expensive and they preserve the wine just as well as corks.

Myth #3: Red Wine Is Classier Than White Wine

There is a perception that you are sophisticated if you drink red wine. White wine drinkers just don’t get the same amount of credit. While it’s true that many people begin drinking white wine because it can be more sensitive with the taste buds, it’s not just for novice wine drinkers. Many long-time wine lovers have reverted back to white wines because of their complex flavors. Some people believe wine choice has more to do with personality than the perception of it.

Myth #4: You Should Only Drink Red Wine With Meat

Wine lovers have guidelines. These guidelines dictate the type of wine people should drink with certain foods. While these guidelines are widely known, they are not rules that you MUST follow. Did you know that veal and pork go just as well with white wine as they do with red wine? That’s why this guideline should only be considered rather than always followed. 

Myth #5: Age Matters With Wine

Just because a wine is aged doesn’t mean it tastes better. Actually, wine does expire, and should be finished within five years of bottling. Wines that are not stored properly start to smell bad, turn brown and become fizzy even though they aren’t sparkling.

Myth #6: Wines Should Be Served at Room Temperature

Most people believe they should only serve wine at room temperature. Actually, the general rule is that you should place red wine in the fridge for 15 minutes before serving. White wine, such as a Pinot Gris, should be taken out of the fridge and left out for 15 minutes before serving.

Myth #7: Red Wine Causes Headaches

Red wine doesn't cause headaches more than any other alcoholic beverage. What causes headaches is the dehydration that comes along with drinking alcohol. Be sure to drink plenty of water with your wine, and you may see that you don’t suffer those excruciating headaches anymore.

Grab a Good Bottle of Wine Despite the Myths

You don’t have to take our word for it when it comes to these wine myths. You can try wines that aren’t expensive, buy bottles with screw caps and pair white wine with your meat to see that those factors really don’t dictate how good the wine tastes. You’ll be educating others about good wine sooner than you think!

About the Author

Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for "The Drifter Collective."Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her.Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

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