Wine Myths Debunked: Part 2

We put some longstanding wine rumors to bed in our “Wine Myths…Debunked” post and we’re here to set the record straight once again!

Here are a few more misconceptions you may have fallen for in the past.

Myth: Wine tasting is intimidating and can’t be done without special knowledge.
Reality: FALSE
Wine is meant be enjoyed, and you don’t have to be a sommelier to do so! The majority of winery visitors are not experts. When you visit a tasting room, ask for assistance. Producing wine is a labor of love and winemakers and vineyard employees are
proud of the final product. They’ll show you the ropes, which include sniffing, sipping and savoring the wine. If it tastes good to you, that’s all you need to know. Of course, if you’d like more details, just ask.

Myth: Screw-capped wines indicate lesser quality.
Reality: FALSE
Screw caps create a tight seal and protect the wine from oxygen that can spoil it. They don’t deteriorate or leak the way corks can, so they’re quickly gaining popularity. Top quality winemakers are sealing their bottles with screw tops to preserve the flavor. The days of
associating screw caps with cheap wines are ending; pick your wine based on what’s inside the bottle.

Myth: White wine should always be chilled.
Reality: FALSE
Actually, if you sip on white wine that’s too chilled, it loses depth and aroma. We work hard to produce beautiful flavorful grapes. If the wine is too cold it masks the delicious fruit flavors. We recommend that fruit forward wine like our Pinot Gris, Vidal Blanc and
Skipping Stone be served between 48-52 degrees, rich whites like Chardonnay are best enjoyed at 58-62 degrees. We find it best to remove the richer white wines from the fridge a half an hour before serving. The improvement is noticeable- you can taste the delicious
qualities of the chardonnay.

Myth: The cost of wine indicates the quality.
Reality: FALSE
What draws you to a bottle of wine in the first place? Is it an eye-catching label, a recommendation from a trusted friend, perhaps something you have sipped and enjoyed in the past? Most likely, you didn’t choose it because it was the most expensive. If you can’t tell the difference between a $100 bottle of wine and a $15 bottle, you’re not alone. Leave your judgment at the door—taste, and then decide!

Now that you know the truth, give a fairly inexpensive screw top wine a sample, and prepare to be amazed! Happy tasting!

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