“Anyone who tries to make you believe that he knows all about wines is obviously a fake." Leon Adams, The Commonsense Book of Wine *

Myth #1: White Wine Must Always Be Enjoyed Soon After Purchase

A common misnomer is that white wines cannot be stored long. Not so with many Vouvrays (Chenin Blanc), Rieslings, Sauternes, Assyrtiko (a Greek grape) and others. Pictured here are four such wines with drink through recommendations of 2030, 2025, 2033 and 2021. If you taste a white wine that you enjoy, ask your retailer if it’s a “keeper.” If it is, be at ease buying several bottles to put away & enjoy later. If you have a cool dark area in your home, the wine will probably keep longer than your good intentions.

(l to r) Francois Pinon 2009 Vouvray $19. 91pts.  Dr. Heidmanns-Bergweiller 2009 Riesling Spatlese 90 pts.  Chateau Doisy-Vedrines Sauternes (375ml) $24. 92 pts.  Sigalas Santorini 2011 $23. 93 pts. 

Later we will talk about red wines with meat and white wine with fish. Or: “White with This and Red with That is Just a Bunch of Scat!”  Pinot Noir (red), for example, goes very nicely with pork (the other white meat).  And your selection of wine should also consider the sauces you are using with the entree  A fish heavily sauced in tomato and olives might be better enjoyed with a red for example.

Indeed, if there is any rule about wine that still holds true all the time, it is the quote from Pliny the Elder: The best kind of wine is that which is most pleasant to him who drinks it.”

Sante, Prost, Yamas and Cheers!

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