Red Wines, White Lies

Does cryptic wine speak have you heading for the hills instead of boldly ordering a bottle for the table?

It’s time to raise a glass to not giving a damn by debunking many of the myths that make drinking the drop an unnecessary minefield.

Reds taste best at room temperature

We’ve taken this tall tale as fact for far too long – put that bottle of pinot back where it rightfully belongs: the fridge.

Notwithstanding the fact that Kiwi room temps are way too warm, red wines are more refreshing, drinkable and delicious with a slight chill.

So move over that tomato sauce and make way for a bottle of your favourite cheeky crimson varietals like Leftfield’s Wholeberry Pinot Noir with its pink bubble gum flavours and hints of cinnamon.

Screw caps mean plonk

Simply not true.

In fact, when it comes to keeping the quality of your wine better for longer, screw caps are far superior to corks.

Plus, you don’t run the risk of breakage (let’s face it, we’ve all been there) or needing to take a bottle opener in your bag to your next BYO.

Each varietal needs its own glass


If you fancy sipping champagne from a cocktail glass or suav from a snifter then do just that – vino is vino no matter what you drink it from.

Whether you sip or slug, swirl, or swill, enjoy your wine however you want and don’t be put off if stemware isn’t at the ready.

Older wines are superior

A sweeping statement that can be swept under the rug.

While some wines are made to age well, most aren’t and can actually get worse as they get older.

Savour it on the spot instead of saving it for later because you may find that when you come to open it down the track you’ll have to pour it down the drain.

Leftfield’s Wholeberry Pinor Noir is available online and at all good grocery and liquor stores.

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