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Top 6 Common Wine Myths To Stop Believing

A number of common misconceptions about wines have become unquestioned truths these days. These misconceptions or myths have with time hardened into common believes that inevitably have put up fences around everyone’s capacity to expand their wine exploration and knowledge. However, what everyone should note is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having favorite wine regions, or producers, or even grapes. The problem is limiting oneself to only those wines that one is familiar with as this closes the door to a vast unexplored territory that is occupied by a wide range of unknown wines. Without further ado, let’s discuss some of the hidden prejudices that fences people in where wines are concerned.

Age-worthy wines are always sealed with a cork

This is a common wine’s prejudice that fences a lot of people in. In actual sense, screw-capped wines do age just as well, in some cases even better. Some wineries exclusively use screwcaps to seal their wines. There are no technical reasons that prevent screw-capped types of wines from aging as well as those sealed with cork.

Boutique wineries make wines more authentic

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While some of these wineries do produce authentic wines, many are not able to rise to the challenge due to different reasons. Big wineries on the other hand have deep pockets, talent and resources to produce boutique-style wines within the context of mass-production facilities.

Expensive wines are better than cheap wines

This often is admittedly the case. However, unlike other discretionary buys, wine prices are normally influenced by factors other than quality. Factors such as celebrity connections, scores, image and location, all have the effect of elevating the prices without impacting the quality.

While this is often the case, it should be noted that wines from less known regions, producers, and even grapes, in particular imported varieties, can also offer amazingly remarkable quality for much less. For example, consider the surprising popularity of Argentine Malbecs today. These $10 red wine bottles are flying off the shelves for a good reason – they offer better quality than most of the available locally produced and very expensive varieties.

Wines that come in huge bottles are often better

A massive bottle is without doubt a sign that the winery has made a considerable investment in packaging. It is also an indication that the bottle will have a relatively higher price tag compared to that of standard bottles. However, this normally does not guarantee that the actual contents inside the bottle will be exceptional. In most cases, it simply means that the wine inside the bottle is ripe, aged and jammy as it has been resting for an extended duration of time in expensive new oak barrels. Although great for some palates, it is not so good for others.

Big, tannic wines need more time to age

This is a common wine myth that contain a bit of truth in it. Over time, tannin drops out of solution and thus the need to decant older wines. However, a wine that is unbalanced right from the start remains so even when aged. A wine that is too alcoholic, too acidic or too tannic when young remains that way and is not likely to have a long lifespan ahead.

Sweet wines are for beginners and not for educated palates

Nothing can be far from the truth than this notion as some of the greatest wines in the world are sweet. Ice wines, Sauternes, trockenbeerenausleses, and a number of others are immensely flavorful, age-worthy and decadently sweet wines.