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My Palate Has Matured!
Red Wine in General
Member Name: northernlovely
Red Wine in General
Advantages: Rich bold flavour
Disadvantages: Don't drink too much!
If you had asked me what I thought of red wine when I was 18 I would have replied with 'ugh! Tastes like vinegar! Hate it!', and though that would have been my opinion at the time, bear in mind my drinking habits at University were rarely bettered by WKD, pints of Carling and jelly vodka shots.
I know a lot of younger people do drink red wine, but in my case, I think that my palete certainly needed to mature before I could appreciate it as a drink. By the time I'd left University and my hard drinking days, I was a committed gin and tonic and the occasional white wine and champagne drinker. Much improved, but I think it's only now I'm a 30 year old married mother that I can appreciate alcohol more for the flavour than it's intoxicating qualities.
I think the turning point for me was having my daughter. Obviously as soon as I found I was expecting I quit drinking (not that, at that point I drank more than once a month or so), and as I breast fed for over 8 months I didn't touch another drop for almost two years in total. I found that I didn't miss it at all, and instead I missed foods such as pate or a good medium steak.
So when I was able to eat and drink what I like, I found my palate had matured into a much rounder appreciation for good food and drink - quality over quantity if you like. I first tried a glass of red at my mother in laws, not sure if I'd like it, but I found it a full bodied and rich drink which was fruity and pleasant to drink - nothing like the vinegar memories of my former years. I won't say it was anything amazing - I think it was a Blossom Hill, but I like their white and rose wines so I guess it shows you don't need to spend a fortune to enjoy a glass of wine.
Now I do say I am a red wine drinker, I'm not a huge appreciator of wines in terms of a vast knowledge of area of growth, precipitation and so on, but I do know how to choose a good wine, usually as a gift, as I rarely drink at home (with a toddler running around!). I do like to choose a good glass of red when I go out to restaurants, especially Italian ones, or when I am enjoying a steak or roast dinner. Of course, there are benefits from the occasional glass of red - antioxidants being a big word - but they key is moderation, there is a lot of sugar in red wine, and for me a glass or two a month is more than enough.
Overall I do think that it was a personal change, a maturing of the palete, which really made me appreciate red wine, and if you're not a fan of it I'd say give it another go, with a good meal, or simply give it time. Not everyone is going to grow to love it, but I did, and I'm glad I did because the drinks I liked at 18 I now can't stand (and can't believe I ever drank!). Funny how things turn out.
Summary: I'm glad I gave it a second chance