Red Wine, White Lies: The Wine “Rules” We Can All Break
Painter himself is a huge fan of breaking the rules. He told Newshub he liked to “challenge winemaking standards” using atypical varietals and original non-traditional blends, using grapes such as Albariño, Arneis, Malbec and Tempra.
Now he has pointed out some of the biggest myths in the industry that he believes can be put to rest.
Take them into account and be proud to be a total mythbreaker the next time you’re at a BYO with a bit of a wine snob.
Reds taste best at room temperature
This one is sure to shock some red wine lovers, but pull that bottle of Pinot Noir out of the closet and put it where it belongs: the fridge. The idea that reds should be served at room temperature came from the cellars of French chateaux, which, of course, were much cooler than Kiwi kitchens. Despite the fact that New Zealand ambient temperatures are way too hot, red wines are more refreshing, drinkable and delicious with a slight chill. So move over to that tomato sauce and make way for a bottle of your favorite cheeky crimson grape.
Screw caps mean plonk
Simply not true. In fact, when it comes to keeping the quality of your wine longer, screw caps are far superior to corks. Plus, you don’t run the risk of breaking the cork in the bottle – we’ve all been there – or needing to pack a bottle opener in your bag for your next BYO.
Each grape variety needs its own glass
If you fancy sipping champagne in a cocktail glass or sauv in a snifter, do it, Painter says wine is wine no matter what you drink. Whether you drink or drink, stir or drink, enjoy your wine the way you want and don’t be discouraged if the right stemmed glass is not ready.
Older wines are superior
A radical statement that can be swept under the rug. While some wines are meant to age well, most are not and can get worse with age – join the club. Savor it on the spot instead of saving it for later, as you may find that when you just open it on the trail, you will have to pour it down the drain.