Wine is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world and with good reason. From the beautiful floral aromas of a Chardonnay to the bold reds of an aged Shiraz, the wine offers an incredibly diverse taste profile that appeals to almost everyone’s palate. However, as wonderful as a white wine can be, there are still some things that might get in the way of your enjoyment of it. This article will detail 10 surprising things that can stop you from drinking white wine!
Some wines need to be decanted for a few hours before drinking, white wine included. If you’re impatient and don’t wait for it to breathe, the carbon dioxide in the wine might cause bubbles to form on the top of your glass, making it taste sour and unpleasantly sharp.
2) Feeling left out
It can be hard to be the odd one out, especially when you feel like everyone else is partaking in some form of celebration. At times, there are external factors that get in the way of drinking wine. For example, a work event or family gathering may make it difficult to partake in the traditional toast for fear of social awkwardness.
3) Not knowing how to drink it with food
Lots of people drink white wine but only a handful know how to pair it with food. Sure, you can drink it without anything, but when was the last time you went out to eat and didn’t have something to eat with your wine? A sip of white wine goes great with a salad or something light, like oysters on the half-shell. A flute of chardonnay also complements sushi or prawns and lobster.
4) Not understanding the method of tasting it
One of the best parts about a glass of white wine is the tasting. It’s one of those things that can be done as casually or formally as you want, and it’s always a good time! If you want to take this experience up a notch, we recommend finding out more about the process and doing so with friends in tow.
5) Thinking it’s bad for your health
White wine has been shown to have a positive effect on the body, including lowering the risk of heart disease. Resveratrol, which is in grape skins, the seeds, and stems of red grapes, is said to be one reason white wine has health benefits. If you know someone who has sworn off drinking white wine after reading scary stories about resveratrol, send them this link!
6) Being scared of trying something new
I love wine, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get scared of trying new wines sometimes. There are some things that make me want to stay away from a new wine—white or red. I might be scared because I can’t pronounce the grape variety, or maybe it’s too expensive for my budget, or not served chilled enough. However, these are only excuses. I will never know how a wine tastes if I never try it at all!
7) Hating fruity drinks
I’ve heard from many people who drink white wine that one of the reasons they do is because fruity wines are too sweet for them. This can be a conundrum for winemakers, as balancing an alcoholic beverage with acidity and sweetness isn’t always easy. If you don’t like fruity wines because they’re too sweet, these wines might be for you!
8) Bad breath/halitosis
One of the most surprising things that can stop you from drinking white wine is your bad breath. This might be due to eating too many onions, or maybe even not brushing your teeth before bed. The pungent sulfur compounds in garlic are an especially big problem since they linger and mix with air, leaving a strong odor on your breath that lasts for hours.
9) Hate the taste of alcohol on your breath
It doesn’t matter how big a wine drinker you are, alcohol leaves an identifiable taste on your breath. If you’re meeting people for the first time or heading to a job interview after having a glass of wine with dinner, you might want to be aware of that so that you can take action and minimize the effect. For example, one trick is to use an activated charcoal water filter straw.
10) Love other types of drinks more than white wine
White wine, in my opinion, is not the best thing to drink. It tastes so blah and there’s barely any flavor to it. Other wines can actually be funner because they are more flavorful than just plain old white wine. I only drink white wine when I have nothing else left to drink or if it’s what someone else is making for me.