Wine knowledge: misconceptions about wine vintage
The higher the alcohol content, the better the wine
In general, wines with high alcohol content and body weight often have a stronger flavor, making them a typical 'heavy flavored' wine. This style of wine once won the favor of consumers and became the mainstream in the market.
However, this is only a preference for consumer taste, and it does not mean that high alcohol content wines are necessarily of better quality. The balance of wine is always the first criterion for judging its quality.
Choosing the right vintage is the key to buying good wine
In regions with stable climates such as Australia and California, weather has little impact on grape harvesting, so vintage is not a key factor.
Regions with unpredictable climate conditions such as Bordeaux are more likely to rely on the weather for a living, making it particularly important for wine critics to rate Bordeaux's vintage and wines.
The longer the oak barrel ages, the better the wine
Although many good wines have been aged in oak barrels for many years, oak barrel aging is still not directly related to the quality of the wine.
There are various styles of wine, and for fresh wines with a fruit aroma as a highlight, oak aging and oak flavor can actually destroy the most tempting part of the wine.
In addition, although oak barrels can provide more complex flavors for wine, they are all based on the balance between oak flavor and fruit aroma in the wine. A wine with no fruit aroma and only oak flavor is at best a bowl of wood soup and cannot be considered a good wine.