“Only women drink white wine, men drink red wine or beer because that’s what proper men do . . . isn’t it”? To all those men I simply say “It is time to wake up!”
Wine is like women, each has a unique personality, label and bottle shape. A true wine connoisseur never says “I only drink red wine.” That is like your single mate who says, “Nah, I only date French brunettes with blue eyes, tattoos and a limp.” He is seriously missing out on a major part of the market, especially the blonds and a lot of enjoyment too!
Let’s be honest, most men only try a white wine because they have no choice, taking a sip of an over full glass before carrying it back to their wife at some social function. It’s always a slightly warm, awful, sickly-sweet token gesture wine that not even your wife likes. In fact, the only person that does is great Aunt Geraldine who sips away, pleasantly plastered in the corner, with taste buds that are stuffed from years of smoking. But I digress…
A good toasty aged Chardonnay is “bloody beautiful mate” (in my best Aussie accent). In Australia alone you have the unquestionable Hunter Valley Semillons which are a full on MAN white wine… but more importantly, you have Riesling.
A refreshing dry crisp Riesling is something a man can appreciate and enjoy….try this on for size! Riesling is a great food wine paired with white fish or pork, and has the balls (acidity) to stand up to many Asian cuisines. The stigma that a Riesling is sweet wine is far from the truth with tropical stone fruits and mineral flavours that get incredibly complex as it ages.
I tasted the 2000 Pipers Brook from Tasmania (pictured) with roast pork. This crisp dry wine had a very clean, lightly acidic finish combining hints of lemon/lime & stone fruits with a very slight honeyed nose. It was very delicate on the palette and the flavours just sat there for ages. This aged but still refreshing white wine cut though the pork and really enhanced the flavour of the whole meal. Perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon without putting you to sleep. It really opened up in the glass too, not that it had much of a chance.
It’s time for men to break the shackles and experiment with white wine… Variety is the spice of life and you have to try something different every now and then, even if it just cements your previous position.
If you’re worried about your masculinity drinking white wine in front of other men, just remember – serve in a massive bucket size glass :). Bigger is better!