White Wine Stigma – A Newbie Signal

Updated: May 19, 2020

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Have you felt the white wine stigma? Well, I can tell you it’s real and I’ve been “accused” of being a white wine lover. I may have even found myself on the accusing end of the stigma – shamefully I might add.

So, why the big deal of liking white wine? *Gasp*

Evolving Tastes

As many of you know, our tastes evolve. As kids, we like very simple flavors like hot dogs and mac n cheese. Delish! Then our tastes evolve to much more complex food. To the point where chefs challenge themselves to come up with even more complex food fusions to entertain our taste buds.

Wine is no different. Most of us come up through white wine make our way into the light reds and then eventually land on the granddaddy of them all – Cabernet Sauvignon. Which I have to say, it seems that some only order Cabernet because that signals they’ve arrived!

As you can see there are a lot of misnomers out there.

Wine Lover’s Journey

6 wine glasses lined up for wine tasting.

Part of a wine lover’s journey is to start with white wine because it’s light, there are sweet options, and it’s an easy transition into the wine world. At one time, the entry point was White Zinfandel. I must admit that I specifically don’t order it because I don’t want to look like a newbie and unsophisticated in the ways of wine. However, White Zin is basically a Rosé. That beautiful pink drink that is taking on the world. Everything comes back around, doesn’t it!

Even Riesling has a newbie, white wine stigma because it’s made with a variety of sweetness levels which again signals you must be new to wine. However, just because it’s white doesn’t mean it can’t be complex. Riesling is one of the most sophisticated types of wine out there. It can be made from sweet to purely dry, able to age for decades, and pairs well with a wide variety of food. Not all wine is this versatile.

White Wine Stigma Played Out