6 myths about white wine
You’ve heard false myths about white wine so many times that you weren’t even aware that they aren’t true. Myths like you always have to drink it cold. Like it never pairs with good red meat. Myths like it being of lesser quality. Did you really believe all of that? Well, you’ve come to the right place to bust all those myths about white wine and realise everything that goes into this very special type of wine so you can enjoy a #WhiteWineSummer to the fullest.
Myth 1: White wine should always be served cold
Let’s start with one of the most widespread myths: the ideal serving temperature for white wine. It’s not uncommon to believe that white wine should always be served cold, but nothing could be further from the truth. It depends on the type of white wine you’re drinking. Very young white wines that have been barrel aged should be served at a temperature between 7°C and 9°C, for example our El Coto Verdejo.
However, for aged white wines, the serving temperature is quite a bit higher: between 10°C and 13°C, because serving them colder would mean we lose certain aromas. A good example of a white wine served at a warmer temperature is 875m Chardonnay.
If you want to know more about the right serving temperature for each type of wine, don’t miss this article:
Myth 2: White wine should never be served with red meat
Another very common myth about white wine is that it can’t pair well with meat. Not at all! In fact, did you know that one of the best wines for game is an aged white? For our Coto de Imaz Reserva Blanco, the ageing on its lees in the barrel and the characteristic freshness of the high-altitude vineyard at the Finca Carbonera estate give it an extraordinary, persistent unctuousness and aromatic complexity.
Myth 3: There isn’t a very wide variety of whites
There are so many grape varieties, DOs, ageing types… How couldn’t there be a wide variety of whites? Viura, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are just a few of the white grapes we use at our winery. Because at El Coto de Rioja we are experts in white wines, with 7 types on our rolls.
You can choose the type of white wine you like best: drier, sweeter, fruitier, more aged, younger…
Myth 4: White wine never pairs well with cheese or cold meats
Another myth we want to bust is that the only possible pairing for a cheese board is red wine… No way! Of course cheese goes great with red wine, but it does with white wine, too. In fact, soft, creamy cheeses like Brie or Camembert, pair wonderfully with a glass of white wine, as do some cured cheeses.
And if you tend to have doubts about how to pair different foods, don’t miss this article on how to pair with dishes.
Myth 5: White wine isn’t as good quality as red and doesn’t age as well
The quality of white wine is, of course, comparable to red wine, although it isn’t normally aged as long. However, as we have repeated several times, there are also white wines aged for several months, which gives them different nuances. So, myth busted! It ages just as well as any red wine.
Myth 6: White wine isn’t good for you
Finally, will finish off our myths about white wine with the theory that it isn’t good for you, or at least not as good as red wine. Of course, as with red wine, you should always drink it in moderation, but it has great benefits such as:
- Rich in antioxidants
- Rich in minerals and low in calories
- Helps lower anxiety and stress levels
- Like red wine, it helps prevents cardiovascular disease
If you’re interested, you can check out the benefits of red wine, too.