THE WORLD OF WINE IS full of myths and yes, it can be confusing. Being a wine enthusiast myself with regular wine tasting events, I have to say many times all of us can get confused. Different people are told different things. Here are my personal top 5 wine myths which I have always been made to answer.
1.The more expensive the wine, the better it is
This is definitely the most common myth that I ever heard. The price of the wines is perceived to be correlated with quality but there are a lot of factors involved in the process of putting a price tag on a wine I once did a blind tasting for four different types of sparkling wines including a prominently named champagne. The most expensive wines were not only NOT my choice but thy were my last choice as well. Hence, it actually all boils down to your preference.
2. Corked bottle wines are better than screwcap wines
Traditionally, wines used corked bottles but times have changed. Nowadays, screwcaps are being used more and more due to its convenience. Neither one is more superior to the other, it is just a different type of bottling. I personally prefer screwcaps as it is easier to open, easier to store and causes less problems as wines can become faulty due to the cork.
3. Bubbly Wines = Champagne
Contrary to popular belief, only sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France can be called champagne. In fact, sparkling wines made out of the Champagne region is known as Crémant. The most prominent sparkling wines currently making waves in Malaysia are Cava (Spanish sparkling wines), Prosecco (Italian sparkling wines) and Riesling (German sparkling wines).
4.All wines available in Malaysia are fully imported wines
To a certain extent, wines are all imported and produced overseas but there is a category of wine available in Malaysia known as locally bottled wines. Basically, an importer imports the grape juice from the producing country in flexibags or drums and upon arrival, they would be locally bottled with addition of colouring, residual sugar and so on to suit the local taste.
Local bottled wines can be identified by the label which reads “Dibotol oleh” (Bottled by) instead of “Di import oleh” (Imported by).
5. Wine critics know which wines are best for you
Wine critics are really just the same as you and me, they are only human beings. They may have tasted more wines than you but when it comes to wine preference, trust your own. The underlying truth is you get to know what you like and what you dislike and the only way to narrow it down is to start drinking a variety of wines. I personally go for wines that have won awards especially from Hong Kong International Wines & Spirit Fair as they are judged by Asian Wine Judges with Asian food pairing.
If you have any other more myths to debunk, by all means please feel free to comment or flood my email! Have a “WINEderful” Day ahead!
Trina is the founder of Wine Tasting Malaysia, an online based wine enthusiast group with weekly wine tasting events all around the Klang Valley. Often found with a wine glass in her hand, she truly believes life is so much more WINEderful with wines. She is currently on a quest to gather 1000 wine enthusiasts in Malaysia. Be part of her quest by joining Wine Tasting Malaysia via Wine Tasting Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) – Meetup or Facebook winetastingmalaysia She calls Subang Jaya her home and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org