What do you think – red wine, white wine, or both? If you’re one of those lucky people who enjoy both varieties of this delectable beverage, I tip my hat to you, my dear. However, as we all know, a large population of twenty-somethings are fall heavily into one camp or the other- typically sticking to their favorite year round.
And those of you who fall into neither of these camps? Well, I don’t know if we can be friends.
When I started drinking wine, I was team white wine all the way. Pinot Grigio, Chardonay, you name it. Nothing could compare to that chilled, crisp sip of happiness. I didn’t care if it paired well with what I was eating – when in college, pretty much anything pairs with Ramen and shapes Mac’n Cheese.
While in the white wine camp, thoughts of red wine drinkers included:
- Old people, nay, old men drink red wine
- Why would you drink a room temperature beverage
- You think you’re pretty classy, red wine drinkers, don’t you?
- I don’t want my wine showing up on my teeth
- If I can’t see through the other side of the glass, I don’t want to drink it
But then something happened I didn’t expect. While on a trip to Sicily my senior year of college, I had an epiphany. Winery after winery, vineyard after vineyard, I gravitated toward that wonderful, full-bodied goodness we call red wine. There was so much depth to it, so much flavor. I learned that drinking wine is actually supposed to be a compliment to the meal, a food “enhancer” if you will, rather than just a beverage alone. I learned how to properly drink the wine by letting it settle on your tongue, rather than sipping and swallowing. I came back to the states with a new love – and I wasn’t looking back.
Thoughts on white wine drinkers while being a devoted fan of red include:
- How have I been missing out on this liquid candy for so long
- Don’t worry white wine drinkers, you will graduate to the finer side of wine someday
- Hey look at me ordering red, I look like I know what I’m talking about
- This bottle of wine is $7 and still tastes good – can that even happen with white?
- Father, let’s talk wines – I’d love to share some insights with you
But really, let’s be honest – no matter which kind of wine you prefer, it’s great stuff (except maybe that bottle of two buck chuck… put it down and back away slowly). One of my goals in 2015 is to re-fall in love with white wines, and that summer is fast approaching, I suppose it’s time for me to put that goal into action and put down my glass of red for a classic, crisp white. Any suggestions?