We have all had that horrible feeling of regret when we take a sip of wine that really is not to our taste. There is nothing worse than cracking a bottle of wine, only to find that it is just not your thing at all.
If you are the type of person who loves to take chances on a new bottle of wine to just try it out you will have almost certainly experienced a few duds in your time. In an attempt to get a little better ar sorting which wines are more to your liking than others, there are some things that you should know and a lot of misinformation out there.
So, where do you get started? Here are some of the most common myths about wine and how to identify a good bottle.
1. Great wine has legs
What are legs you ask? When you rotate the wine glass, you will notice that there are sometimes lines of wine that take their time to dribble down to where the wine is in the glass. These are commonly called “legs”. These are often lauded as one of the signs of a great wine. In actual fact, all it means is that there is a greater concentration of alcohol in the drink. Legs are even more noticeable in a glass of whiskey for this reasons.
2. Cheap wine has screw caps
This was certainly true some time ago, however, the stigma towards screwcapped wine is slowly but surely fading away. Screw caps actually have one great advantage, the wine can’t be corked. So if anything, a screw cap bottle of wine can be one that tastes a lot better.
3. Big dimples, big taste
At the bottom of a bottle of wine, there is often a dimple in the bottle. This does indicate that the producer of the wine has invested a little more in a higher quality bottle, however, it doesn’t mean that the wine will taste any better or worse.
4. Keep champagne fresh
It is a myth that putting a silver spoon into champagne or prosecco will keep it fresher for longer. If you want to save your bubbly, there are some specially designed vacuum seal bottle stoppers that will work much better than this old wives tale.
5. Good wine is very expensive
There is a fine line between a cheap and nasty bottle of wine and a tasty affordable one. If you are not satisfied with the wine that you usually buy, then it’s worth going a little higher in terms of price range but there is no need to break the bank. Once you have found an affordable price for buying red wine, then there is often no need to go any higher, unless you’re feeling adventurous.
6. The older the wine the better
Wine should be drunk when it is released. Often many wine manufacturers will ensure that the wine has aged a little bit to bring out the flavours. By the time that you find it in the store, it will usually not really benefit a great deal from waiting years and years to pop the cork.
7. Only white wine goes with fish
While some may consider red wine and fish to be the ultimate faux pas, others are more relaxed. It really depends on your own personal preference and the image that you want to show the world. There may be times when you want to adhere to this unwritten rule in public. For the most part, though, it is largely up to you.