5 Common Wine Misconceptions Busted

I do a lot of wine tastings these days, and I have discovered that there are several wine myths that many people seem to know or believe that are just not true! So here are the most common ones, please spread the word to your wine drinking friends.

  1. The bigger the punt, the better the wine

You know that dip in the bottom of the bottle of wine? That is called a punt. The amount of people that think that the deeper the punt means the better the wine still surprises me. It does not. There is in fact no relation to quality. Thicker bottles often have deeper punts and this can make them appear more premium, and they are useful to waiting staff trying to pour, but that is about as far as it goes.

  1. Thicker legs mean a better wine

Legs or tears are formed on the side of your glass after you have swirled or drunk some wine. They can be more or less thick depending on how much alcohol or sugar is in the wine. If you have higher levels of either of these things, the thicker the legs will be. Again, not related to quality, although if you prefer high alcohol or sweet wines, this can be a good thing to note.

  1. Screw cap wines are not good

It does surprise me somewhat that people still think this, as screw cap wines have been around for a long time now. But they are most definitely not inferior to corked wines. In fact, by using screw caps the risk of cork taint is eliminated, which is useful to consumers. Even some top fine wine producers use screw cap these days. There is still some debate as to how wines age in the long term under screw cap as compared to under cork, but this does not make them any worse.

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  1. Rose wine can be made by mixing red and white wine together

Just no. Well, at least not in Europe. Rose wine has to be made from red grapes that have less skin contact with the juice. Or in a few cases white grapes that have some colour on the skins. However, there is one exception to this rule, and that occurs in Champagne.

  1. Letting wine breathe

This is another popular one: opening a bottle will let the wine ‘breathe’ and therefore taste better when you drink it. It can be true that contact with air will help a wine open up, particularly for old or full bodied red wine, and this is why decanters are used. But just opening a bottle of wine will make no difference, as it is only the tiny bit of surface area in the neck of the bottle that comes into contact with air. If you want to do this and don’t have a decanter, you can pour the wine into a jug, and then pour it back into the bottle, as it least this means more of the wine has come into contact with air.

So now we all know, we can stop perpetuating these myths, and everyone can buy screw cap flat bottomed bottles with peace of mind!

If you have any other misconceptions that you regularly come across I would love to know, so do get in touch.

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