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10 common wine myths debunked

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1. The more expensive the bottle, the better the wine

The best-value bottles retail between $15 and $35. Anything below $15 and there's usually too little left after fixed costs and taxes to pay for the wine, so poor quality is likely. Above $35 and you risk paying for ego, 'positioning' and the vagaries of the fine-wine market.

 

2. Serious, ageworthy wines are always sealed with cork.

Actually, screwcapped wines can age just as well as-some would argue even better than-wines finished with cork. Some wineries (like us) use screwcaps exclusively. For more information on this, see our article titled Cork, synthetic or screwcap wine closures, which is best.

 

3. Old World wines will always be better than New World wines

There is good and bad everywhere.

 

4. You must drink red wine with meat and white wine with fish

See The cheapskate's guide to food and wine pairing

 

5. Really good wines come in a bottle with an indentation (punt) in the base

Punts are often there for structural integrity of the bottle.

 

6. Red wine is stronger than white

Many red wines made today are only 12% or less.

 

7. All wines improve with age

It's commonly believed that laying a bottle down for a few years will benefit the wine, but that's not always the case for a number of reasons. It may be an inexpensive wine or a style designed for immediate drinking, such as Beaujolais; or it may have been aged already, such as a vintage port or Gran Reserva Rioja.

 

8. You're given a taste of the wine you've ordered in a restaurant to see whether you like it or not

See Restaurant wine rituals that you may be doing wrong

 

9. Pink wine and sweet wines are for women

Give me a break

 

10. Swirling wine is unnecessary and pretentious

Some people would like to think this is true, particularly because wine fans tend to perform glass swirling habits - swirling whatever they happen to be drinking at the time including iced-tea and coffee. It's important that people feel comfortable swirling and sniffing their wine. Incontrovertibly, putting the wine into action with a few simple swirls helps expand on the effect of letting it breathe in your glass. As you swirl, the wine is aerated and the aromas really move upward into the nose and senses. Not only is it fun, but it's a great way to take in every part of the glass you are about to taste!