8 Wine Myths to Stop Believing

FOOD  |  August 21, 2016
  • 1. Myth: Wine gets better with age
    1 / 8 1. Myth: Wine gets better with age

    Fact: Surprise! Wines can actually expire. Not all wines can age gracefully, and many soon turn stale after a year or two. Only about one per cent of all wines improve with long-term cellaring of five to 10 years. 

     

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  • 2. Myth: The more expensive a wine, the better it is
    2 / 8 2. Myth: The more expensive a wine, the better it is

    Fact: Wine prices are not only influenced by quality. Image – along with market conditions, demand and even currency fluctuations – influence the price. Less familiar wines from more unfashionable regions and producers can also offer surprisingly good, value-for-money wines.

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  • 3. Myth: Heavier bottles hold higher quality wines
    3 / 8 3. Myth: Heavier bottles hold higher quality wines

    Fact: Don’t judge a wine by its bottle. A heavier bottle certainly indicates that the winery has made a substantial investment in the packaging, but that doesn’t mean that the wine itself is exceptional. And just remember: the cost of shipping heavier packing also costs more, which is factored into its final retail price. 

     

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  • 4. Myth: Wine doesn't go with Chinese food
    4 / 8 4. Myth: Wine doesn't go with Chinese food

    Fact: You don’t have to confine your wine to only Western cuisine – you can drink it with Asian food too if you choose something suitable. Chinese food pairs perfectly with wines that have high acidity, lower alcohol and relatively understated flavours and aromas. The next time you dig into your stir-fry, try Riesling if you prefer white wine or Pinot Noir if you like red.

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  • 5. Myth: Real wines are always sealed with cork.
    5 / 8 5. Myth: Real wines are always sealed with cork.

    Fact: Cork has been preferred choice as it allows small amounts of oxygen into the wine to help aid its evolution – an important aspect for reds. But this doesn’t mean that wines can’t mature well with screw-on caps. 

     

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  • 6. Myth: Only red wine is good for heart health
    6 / 8 6. Myth: Only red wine is good for heart health

    Fact: Beer, wine, and liquors all confer the same health benefits. Research has revealed that it’s not antioxidants that protect against heart disease, but alcohol, which raises levels of HDL – also known as good cholesterol. This helps to reduce plaque formation and clots in the arteries to lower the risk of heart diseases. But of course, this isn’t a free pass to load up on booze. Drink in moderation! 

     

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  • 7. Myth: Wine always goes well with cheese
    7 / 8 7. Myth: Wine always goes well with cheese

    Fact: While this is commonly believed, the reality is that not all cheeses pair well with wine. Heavy textured and strong-tasting cheeses overpower the tongue’s ability to fully enjoy the richness and balance of a good wine. Pair your tipple with a softer, milder cheese like Brie.

     

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  • 8. Myth: Opening the bottle lets the wine breathe
    8 / 8 8. Myth: Opening the bottle lets the wine breathe

    Fact: Uncorking a bottle does not sufficiently aerate wine as the narrow bottleneck restricts airflow. Pouring the wine through a decanter into your glass is a more effective way to let it breathe. You can also gently jiggle the bottle after opening it to fully aerate your wine and release its flavour and aroma.

     

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