You Need to Stop Believing These Lies You’ve Been Told About Drinking Wine

If you love wine, you’re not alone — in fact, Wine Spectator reports that approximately 31.4 billion bottles are bought and sold worldwide each year. And if you love wine you’ve also probably been to countless wine tastings and heard countless opinions about it. When it comes to this wonderful, alcoholic beverage, don’t believe everything you’ve been told.

Read on as we debunk some of the most common lies you’ve likely heard about wine. Use your newfound knowledge for good and go forth and explore the world of wine.

1. You shouldn’t buy wine that isn’t expensive

Wine bottles

Cheap wine is fine. | ValentynVolkov/iStock/Getty Images

According to the website WineCoolerDirect.com the biggest lie you’ve probably heard about wine is that if it’s inexpensive it’s no good. Wrong. Naturally, there are some seriously pricey bottles of wine that are magical, but there are also some seriously delicious bottles in the $20 to $30 range that can take you to heaven.

In fact, you can find a number of really great bottles for as little as $10. If you’re unsure about what to choose, just ask your local wine merchant for exactly what you want — and how much you want to spend. Chances are, he’ll help you pick the perfect bottle.

Next: Screw aging.

2. You can’t age wines that have screw tops

screw top wine

Screw tops work, too. | BackyardProduction/iStock/Getty Images

You might have been told that only corked bottles age well. Wrong. According to WineCoolerDirect.com, that myth came about because wines with screw tops used to be considered subpar, but today, there are many screw top wines you can age. The secret to aging wine is to slow its oxidation, and screw tops keep out any excess oxygen. So age those screw top bottles to your heart’s content.

Next: Chill out.

3. You should never chill red wine

Bottle of champagne in bucket of ice.

You don’t need to drink it at room temperature. | Cdrw73/iStock/Getty Images

If you like your reds, it’s pretty much a slam dunk that someone has told you along the line to drink them at room temperature. Wrong. Many people have ended up serving reds at too warm a temperature because they think they need to stick to the rules, according to WineCoolerDirect.com. Many red wines chill beautifully, such as Pinot Noirs and Frappatos. Basically, if you have a light-body red, it can benefit from a quick chill before serving.

Next: So fussy 

4. You must use a certain glass for each wine

Two wine glasses

You probably won’t know the difference between glasses. | ValentynVolkov/iStock/Getty Images

This is just silly — and confusing. OK, granted, certain glasses are designed for specific types of wine, but if you drink it out of another kind, chances are you won’t know the difference — nor will anyone else. These days, many glassware manufacturers are making a glass that’s appropriate for whites or reds, so go with that and you’ll be fine. Some manufacturers, according to WineCoolerDirect.com, are even making single glasses from which you can drink reds, whites, and dessert wines.

Next: Don’t be a wine snob.

5. You should only drink ‘aged’ wines

red wine

Drink what you like. | Cyano66/iStock/Getty Images

If you’ve ever had a really long, boring conversation with a wine snob, he has probably told you it’s not worth your time to drink any wine that hasn’t been aged. This lie, according to WineCoolerDirect.com, is very common. Wrong. Hello? Beaujolais anyone? Besides Beaujolais — one of the most short-lived wines on the planet — there are many red wines that would actually suffer from aging. That said, wines that do age well are typically higher in alcohol content and deeper in color, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Next: How sweet it is.

6. You won’t find a good sweet wine

A glas is filled with Riesling wine

Sweet wines can be delicious. | Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

What is up with people hatin’ on the sweet wines? Once again, someone might have lied to you and told you there’s no such thing as a good sweet wine. Wrong. According to WineCoolerDirect.com, this myth has perpetuated because there are a whole lot of cheap, sickeningly sweet wines in the U.S., which has soured many taste buds. Port and Sherry are among some of the finest wines you can buy — and although you drink them with dessert, you won’t be drinking something super sugary. Give “sweet” wines a try.

Next: Blending in

7. Don’t waste your money on blends

Wine Red Blend

You can find some good blends. | Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

Has anyone told you that blended wine isn’t as good as wine made from single-origin grapes? Wrong. Sure, there are some simply awful, low-end blends out there, but there are also some great ones. Wonderful red blends are plentiful, according to WineCoolerDirect.com, and Merlot, Shiraz, and Cabernet grapes often make for a lovely flavor profile that rivals any single-grape bottles. Don’t listen to wine lies anymore — instead, get out there yourself and experiment. See what you like — and have a ball.

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