Wine myths: debunked
’You only decant red wines’
Any white that can age well, can benefit from a hint of decanting. Decanting helps aerate the wine, which essentially speeds up some of the ageing process. So next time you open a white that can be aged, like a chardonnay or semillion, try sticking it into the decanter first.
‘Big indents in the base of bottles mean good wine’
Some logic could be explain that the bigger the punt, the more glass that’s needed, and therefore manufacturers must be willing to spend more on it. But: if we know this, then so do savvy marketing departments.
’Netting on Rioja is a sign of quality’
While this stemmed from a time when counterfeiting was rife, as with the above – if we know now this, so too do marketing departments. One of the best supermarket reds I’ve had in the last year, sadly seems to imitate itself on a Rioja.