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Debunking Common Wine Myths

by Diana Petriella | Published 10.31.2023

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Wine often carries an air of mystery that adds to its allure. There’s something enchanting about the complex aromas and attributes that we can find in wine. These qualities can captivate our senses, even when they’re difficult to describe!

But not all mysteries in the world of wine are enchanting. In fact, there are common myths and misconceptions that can muddle the joy of wine appreciation. Join us in unmasking these myths, and enjoy your wine journey with all the treats, no tricks!

Sulfites Cause Hangovers

Trick: Sulfites are often blamed for the morning-after headache, but it’s not that simple. Sulfites are found in many foods and beverages, not just wine. They’re present in dried fruits, some canned goods, and many processed foods. The concentration of sulfites in wine is relatively low. In fact, many foods contain higher levels of sulfites than wine, yet they don’t trigger headaches.

For the vast majority of wine drinkers, sulfites in wine are not responsible for headaches or hangovers. Other factors, like dehydration, alcohol metabolism, histamines, or individual sensitivities, are often more relevant. Remember to enjoy your wine responsibly and stay hydrated!

All Good Wines Have Cork Closures

Trick: Don’t judge a wine by its cap! Some of the finest wines in the world use screw caps or glass stoppers, including a Chardonnay from Australia that retails for $500 (if you can find it). With improvements in technology, many screw caps are now designed to control the amount of oxygen exchange, meaning that wines bottled under screw cap can indeed be further aged in the bottle.

Wine Can’t Be Enjoyed the Next Day

Trick: With proper storage, you can enjoy a wine over several days. In fact, some wines even taste better the next day!

Once you open a bottle, recork and refrigerate it. This helps to slow down any changes in the wine. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, simply allow time for the wine to reach the proper serving temperature.

Glass Shape Doesn’t Matter

Trick: While it’s not magic, the shape of your glass can enhance the wine experience. Glass shape determines how the wine’s aromas are concentrated and delivered to your nose. A wide bowl combined with a narrower rim, such as that of a tulip-shaped glass for red wines, helps concentrate the aromas, enhancing your ability to smell the wine’s nuances.

Additionally, different wines benefit from varying degrees of aeration. Larger glasses with a wider bowl provide more surface area for the wine to interact with oxygen. This aeration can soften harsh tannins in red wines and release complex aromas.

Expensive Wine Is Always Better

Trick: A high price doesn’t guarantee quality. The astronomical prices for some of the world’s most expensive wines are in large part due to supply and demand. Other times, the price may be related to quality, such as wines that are farmed organically or harvested by hand.

For a treat, discover hidden gems like our Fraternity Red Wine Blend, which combines the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with a smooth approachability.

Sweet Wines Are Only for Dessert

Trick: Sweet wines shine with more than desserts. Sweeter wines pair wonderfully with contrasting flavors, including rich, salty dishes or spicy foods like Thai curry. Try our Late Harvest Gewürztraminerthe perfect balance to creamy cheeses or dishes with spice!

Thirsty for more? Discover our full collection of wines or reserve your tasting experience to explore our wines in person.

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Diana Petriella

Diana Petriella is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently pursuing her Level 4 Diploma through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. She is passionate about wine education and making wine approachable for all knowledge levels.

Diana Petriella is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently pursuing her Level 4 Diploma through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. She is passionate about wine education and making wine approachable for all knowledge levels.