Do you consider yourself a bit of a newbie when it comes to wine? Do you want to start drinking it on a more regular basis but make sure you’re picking varieties that appeal to you and that you will enjoy? One of the big questions will be are you a red or a white wine lover? It’s an ongoing question that people have with some feeling very strongly about their preference, and others being more open to each.
If you’re trying to figure out which one is for you, this advice from Underground Cellar may help you to come up with an answer.
The Health Benefits
Before you even start to consider flavor, price, region, and all of those other details, you may want to begin with the health benefits. In this category, each can offer benefits. Red wine contains antioxidants: resveratrol. This can help you to reduce bad cholesterol and even help with your blood flow. On the flip side, if you drink white wine that is low in sugar (dry white wine), then it’s a great way to cut down on calories (through sugar). This could be important if you’re watching your weight or have diabetes.
There Is a Distinct Flavor Difference
As for the flavor profile, there really is a large difference. In general, white wine tends to appeal to those who love a citrus flavoring to their wine. White wine tends to be light, crisp, and refreshing (especially since it is best at a colder temperature), and it can also be “sharper”. So if you’re the type that likes distinct and memorable flavors, white wine can check off those boxes.
Red wine tends to showcase the taste of berries more especially light-bodied or bold-bodied red wine. You will be able to detect such notes as cherries, black currant, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Keep in mind each wine will be a bit different, these are just common notes.
What Are You Pairing It With?
Another factor to consider is what you are pairing your wine with? Some foods, activities, and celebrations just lend better to one over the other.
In many cases white wine seems to be the preference during summer since you can drink it cold and it has a light taste, it also works well at parties and during cocktail hour. In terms of the foods that pair well with white wine, it tends to be the lighter items such as vegetables, fish, and poultry.
Red wine tends to pair well with heavier and fuller meals. The idea is that it accompanies the food rather than stands on its own. But that’s not a rule set in stone, as there are plenty of reds that are really enjoyable just on their own – without pairing them with a meal or appetizers.
Give Them Both a Try
It’s really hard to make a sweeping statement about which wine is better for a person as they are so different. Instead, it is more about which wine is right for that activity, occasion, food, and flavor preferences.