3/28/2010

How to cure the red or white ONLY blues...

Posted by The Wine Whore |


As much as I hate to admit it, I DO have a preference. If you put a bottle of red and a bottle of white in front of me, I'll usually pick the red. The reason? My wife is NOT a white wine drinker. I'd love to drink more whites but she usually doesn't even want to try 'em. This all got me thinking, what type of white wine appeals to a red wine drinker who insists that they DON'T drink white?

I'm excited to tell you that I've found the answer!

Try either a "dry" Riesling, or a Chenin Blanc. Both of these from my experience have worked nicely at pacifying the otherwise predictable tastes of these closed minded drinkers. The reason? Simple... red wine drinkers tend to like less sweet wines.

Try it for yourself next time and see!

Cheers!


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10 comments:

Mike said...

I am the same way! My wife loves reds too but gets a headache so she drinks whites...

Joe said...

Dry Riesling's an interesting choice. I've wondered if it's tannin and structure that red drinkers like (and what is a "red drinker" anyway? An Oregon Pinot Noir and a C�te R�tie are about as close as cereal and sumo wrestling). Riesling, with super-high acidity and no tannin would trump my theory....however, I bet because Germany's noble grape is so different from standard cheap, heavy, buttery Chardonnay (probably what caused so many to not like "all white wine"), it's probably a pleasant shock to the system?

Interesting thought...just did a post about reds for white drinkers. Didn't think about the opposite.

Chris Broholm said...

I tasted so many awesome whites at the Prowein 2010 you wouldn't even believe it. Especially Austria/Germany make amazing whites, give them a try if you can :-)

Shelly said...

I like Red's but turn to Chardonnay in the summer when I'm in the mood for something of a cooler temperature. I'll have to give the other's a chance. I'm all about experimenting with Reds but the white's...not so much.

How are you doing?

Jessyca Frederick said...

I also run into this problem with my primarily-red-drinking husband (fortunately he doesn't drink as often as I do so I can satisfy my white-loving in his off-time).

He does tend to like "light" Chardonnays, too. A favorite is the flower-label Sanford Chardonnay and any other Chardonnay where the grape comes through instead of a lot of winemaking.

Rachel said...

Will do! Sounds like a great tip.

Beth said...

I also prefer drier wines. Other whites to try are a good Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and/or Pinot Gris. These are also very food friendly white wines.

Joeshico said...

Agree (from experience) all the way with you on this. Wife is a red only, sometimes Chard, drinker and the reason I was red only for many, many years. After a few Pinot Grigios a few years ago, I began testing the waters.
I still have problems with the sweeter whites, especially Ice Wine which I can't handle at all.
But, I have become very fond of most dry to semi-sweet whites. Especially, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Gewurztraminer.

Aim said...

I love your blog by the way.

Personally, I drink all of them; Red, White, Blush...either I am an alcoholic or I truly enjoy interaction with the varities of flavors that grapes and fermentation can give you. I like the sweet and dry, the spiced and the ice wine too.

I personally don't care for Reislings though; all of them I tried have tasted like vomit, other than Washington State's "Kung Fu Girl" (I liked that one a lot). However, I have not tried the Chenin Blanc, so that is next on my list. Being a wine-o for only 8 years, I have a lot of learning to do! (My first sip of wine was a merlot, when I was 22).

in vino veritas said...

I'm with you Randy. I tend to gravitate towards reds too, but will drink a nice white for dinner or hanging on the patio in the summer. However, we enjoy both. My wife would rather have a prosecco instead of a white while cooking or entertaining guests. For whites, we enjoy most except Chardonnay and PinotGrigio. More of a Gruner Veltliner, Verdejo, Chenin blanc, Viognier fan with Albarino, torrontes and sauvignon blanc closely behind.

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