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Feb 3, 2012 08:27 AM

White or Red, Which Would You Jettison ?

If the horror of horrors came to pass and either red wine or white wine needed to be eliminated from your drinking. Which would you keep and which would you regretfully have to pass by ?
After much thinking, l would keep whites and leave reds.

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  1. Just the opposite, whites would go, regretfully, and I'd keep the reds.

    1. I would absolutely keep the reds. I'd be sad about the whites, but the reds would help me get over it.

      Where do roses fit into this picture? Can we all keep our roses?

      1. I would keep whites because: 1) I tend to live in tropical climates, and 2) whites overall are less costly. I would surely miss the occasional extraordinary red, though.

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        1. re: Veggo

          That might be a reason, that I start the evenings off with whites.

          Something about a big Zin, or Cab, when it's 115 F outside, and cringe - still, I made my choice, in what I hope is a rhetorical question. It it, isn't it????


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            They will have to pry the porto bottles out of our cold dead hands, Bill.

            1. re: Veggo

              Yeah, that DID figure into my final choice, though I live in a very, very warm region. Now, if it's really warm, I can always chill a lighter Tawny, like a Cockburns.


        2. I think women mostly say keep whites and men say keep reds. I definitely a red man.

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          1. re: kagemusha49

            I say climate is predictive as well. I'd expect those in warmer climates would prefer white, while those in cooler climates would prefer red (this based on my experience from living in both warm and cool places).

            1. re: caseyjo

              They drink a lot of red wine in Italy and it gets pretty hot there. I keep the reds. I already drink it with fish and chicken and, well, everything. White wine has no character, no depth and so do the people how drink it. (Just kidding)

              OP, why do you have to give up one or the other?


              1. re: JuniorBalloon


                Am I correct that your joke was about just the "drinkers," and not white wines in general? Hoping that it is, and I did laugh.

                However, if you were referring to the wines, I suggest that you try some of the Montrachets, the Cortons (white), and many of the Meursaults. They have mucho character, provided that they are not served too cold.

                I am squarely in your corner, about WHY would we need to give up any, red, white or Rosé. I assume that this drill is just for discussion, and that someone will not show up at my home to impound my whites.


                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  I grant you that white burgundies like Puligny Montrachet would be hard to give up. But then I remember some truly great wines that I have had the good fortune to drink - a bottle of Vosne- Romanee La Tache all the way back in 1980 and I still remember it's velvety caress. Away from burgundy there's your St Estephes like Chateau Pez. And in 1999 a friend and I polished off my last bottle of Graham 1955 porto - a bottle that I had owned and carefully kept since 1973. Such wines as these are enough to make me forego the Montrachets and the bubblies. This is without even mentioning the growing legion of Malbecs, the zinfandels and the riojas (among others) that all deserve exploring and savoring.

                  1. re: kagemusha49

                    Oh, I would never diss a great red Burg, but feel that too many never experience the whites from the Region.

                    Again, hope that the "Wine Police" will not hold me to my answer in this thread.


              2. re: caseyjo

                Veggo had a similar observation, and for me, I sort of seconded that, living in AZ, which is experiencing great "Red Weather" right now, but I know that will soon change.


              3. re: kagemusha49

                Nope. Gimme my reds.
                And roses when it's hot.

                1. re: kagemusha49

                  More to do with climate, and less with gender . . . at least among the acquaintances of mine I've polled since this was posted.

                  1. re: zin1953

                    From my experience, among wine lovers there is no gender division - you just love what you love, and there is a realization that this changes with the weather, the setting, etc.

                    For others, types are short cuts. White wine is known as light and fruity. Red wine as strong and "serious". As a result, white wine gets a more feminine rep. and red wine a more authoritative rep (also white wine for light weights, not serious drinkers etc.) This ends, as many gender issues and over-generalizations do, with women spanning a gamut of white to red drinkers - but most men sticking to red wine.

                    1. re: zin1953

                      zin, it would be interesting to know the ratio of white to red wine consumption within, say, 35 degrees of latitude, vs. the rest of the world, and maybe also in coastal & island areas where the diet may be more fish-centric, say, within 50 miles of a coast, vs. the red meat-eating interiors? I'm sure the stats have been compiled. Anybody have 'em?

                      1. re: Veggo

                        versus, say, the cheese-eating mountain ranges....mentally, I'm flying over the wine-producing regions of Europe by climate and landscape....

                        That would be interesting, indeed.

                  2. I would regrettably have to give up Red because I couldn't give up my sparklers.

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                    1. re: JAB

                      Yep. It was about 50-50 till you brought up the bubbles.

                      1. re: budnball

                        I was actually leaning towards Red but, the bubbles...

                        1. re: JAB

                          Ah yes, the bubbles. Now would a Brut Rosé count as red, or white, as far as this thread goes?


                          1. re: JAB

                            There are those strange Aussie Shiraz sparlkers, but they take some getting use to.

                            1. re: budnball

                              Glad you mentioned those. I have had Australian sparkling red wine, and it really pinned the "weird meter" for me. Still can't understand them.