Lettie Teague Takes on Ten Wine ‘Truisms’

February 13, 2015 9:11 PM

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Lettie Teague Takes on Ten Wine ‘Truisms’

SOME PHRASES are repeated so frequently they are eventually assumed to be true. Maxims such as “high-alcohol wines aren’t good” and “a great wine must be age-worthy” are just two I’ve heard recited by oenophiles again and again. But are they opinion or truth? I compiled a list of the 10 phrases I’ve heard most often and asked a few wine professionals and knowledgeable amateurs which ones they thought were closer to fiction and which should be called facts.

Wine marketers are responsible for this notion, said Gerald Weisl, proprietor of Weimax Wines & Spirits, a shop in Burlingame, Calif. Or perhaps it’s driven by the ego of the winemaker, he added. Chris Camarda, proprietor of Andrew Will Winery in Washington state, agreed with Mr. Weisl but maintains...

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