Having many friends who prefer different types of wine, I decided to put out a little survey to the Facebook world to get a fresh response to the age-old question: Are you a red or white wine person?
The survey offered four options: red, white, bubbly, or no thank you. My findings were completely inconclusive; red and white wines scored the exact same in a sample group of 20 people. There were eight who chose red, eight who chose white, three who chose bubbly, and only one no thank you (because I have smart Facebook friends.)
Now, I definitely enjoy a glass of whites or the bubbles on occasion, but I’m red all the way. Always have been. I find it to be more interesting to drink without food to compliment it, whereas white wine really excels primarily when I have a nice, light summer meal in front of me. “Red is more in your face, more bang for your buck,” says Christine Callahan. “It’s also a lot less sweet most times, which means I can drink more of it without getting a stomach ache.”
Shivani Jani said of her selection, “I tend to drink more whites because I find red wine to be too dry, and I don’t like how that feels on my palate.” My guess is she probably was referring to the generally higher amount of tannins in red wine, creating a more acidic taste and feel about the wine. In fact, many who prefer white wine feel that way for this reason. To all those who feel this way I say, keep on drinking. You’ll come around.
As a follow-up to the pre-thanksgiving day dinner planning post (say that five times fast), I wanted to expand a little more on pairing food and wine. Of course, you can always stick to your basic, red wine with red meat, white wine with seafood and poultry rule if you please, but there’s a lot more to it than that. In fact, those rules can certainly be broken depending on your taste and what the recipe for that particular dish includes. I know when you start learning about wine, the multitude of producers whose names you can’t pronounce and all of the different types of grapes and regions can be extremely overwhelming. You’ll reach a point where you consider saying, “Screw the whole damn thing, give me a Natty Light.” And I can’t even be mad at you for that, because it is a lot to take in. I promise you, though, once you get over the anxiety, you’ll find yourself with a door wide open to endless possibilities of good meals that can become unbelievable.
This chart on pairing is hugely helpful. Whip it out next time you’re stumped about which wine to choose for dinner.