When it comes to wines, people have different opinions on what is best and what isn’t. People enjoy wines for a lot of reasons – for socializing, for their health benefits and for cooking. But mostly, people enjoy drinking wine to relax and rid themselves of mental and physical stress at the end of the day and to loosen them up during gatherings where starting conversations can be a challenge.
Drinking wine has often been associated with the rich. It has often been used to describe how wealthy people pass their time and what they drink with their elegant meals. These days, however, drinking wine is more associated with enjoying simple pleasures. It has become the social drink to have for every occasion, big or small and is usually matched with almost any kind of meal; forget the white-wine-goes-with-white-meat rule. Of course, don’t forget that it has been given the go signal by medical experts as a drink that can help lower the risks of heart disease, strokes, and diabetes.
However, there is an ongoing debate on what type of wine is better – red or white. Red wine is said to contain the most Reversterol, an antioxidant that possesses many heart-friendly qualities, including preventing the damage of blood vessels as well as reducing LDL cholesterol levels. White wine, on the other hand, helps keep the lung tissues healthy and is ideal for those who want to lose weight since it has fewer calories.
Between the two wines, white wine is liked by more people being that it is associated with relaxing and pleasurable activities like outdoor barbeques, summer parties and even moments where one just wants to sit back and reflect. It is more refreshing and tastes lighter than its red counterparts. Among the major types of white wine (like the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Pinot Grigio), it is the Chardonnay that enjoys immense popularity due to its mid-season ripening and versatility.
White wines can also be sweet and the sweet version tastes are usually acquired faster. They become sweet because the fermentation has somehow been stopped earlier, which means that there are some amounts of sugar that weren’t converted to alcohol and thus, add to the wine’s residual sugars. Usually, white wine tastes fruitier but to determine if it is really sweet, try plugging your nose when drinking it.
True sweetness always prevails regardless of any aromatic intervention. Examples of sweet white wines are the Moscato, which is a semi-sparkling, semi-sweet and lighter-bodied wine that is usually a great accompaniment for brunches and fruit-based desserts. Another type of sweet white wine are ice wines which are made from grapes frozen on the vine then pressed and fermented to make a very rich dessert wine.
Whether you choose to drink red or white, there is one important word to remember: moderation. Good for the body it may be, but no doctor ever said that you can take lots and lots of it.