Women and wine have gone hand in hand since the start of time, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

It might feel like you can’t even enjoy a glass of wine without making that harmful dietary tradeoff, but we’re here to help you take back control over your glass.

With these tips on what makes good wine and how to drink responsibly, you can have your red wine and drink it too!

Things about wine every women must know

Read the label wisely

A lot of times, a wine’s price tag will have little to do with its actual quality. A $15 bottle of Yellowtail may be just as delicious as a $50 bottle of French Bordeaux.

But knowing which wines are good and which aren’t takes time. And while you don’t need to be an expert, reading up on some basics can help you get started: How to Decipher Wine Labels . Next, you’ll want to check out Wine for Dummies .

It’s an excellent beginner’s book that explains how to taste and savor different kinds of vino—and it includes tips on getting freebies at tastings and finding free courses near you.

Color matters

There is a big difference between white and red wine. Red wines have more antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and heart-healthy resveratrol than their white counterparts. It has been shown that drinking red wine may decrease your risk of heart disease.

This is because it contains monounsaturated fat, omega 3 fatty acids (an essential nutrient for brain function), resveratrol (one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants), and flavonoids (powerful disease fighting agents).

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However, when paired with certain foods or drinks such as soda pop, coffee or sugary desserts it may not be good for you. You should wait at least 1 hour after eating before having any alcohol so your body can digest it better.


Smell like a pro

Women and men can have vastly different perceptions of what makes a wine smell and taste great. For example, on average, men tend to prefer rich wines like Cabernet Sauvignon while women find fruity Pinot Grigio more appealing.

More broadly, some studies suggest that because women (usually) have less of an enzyme responsible for breaking down certain bitter compounds in red wine, they are more likely to be turned off by them.

How do you stop yourself from feeling like a lightweight at happy hour? To get over your aversion to reds, skip the grape varieties you hate altogether and stick with ones you enjoy.

Hold the glass correctly

Wine experts are often quick to point out that there’s no right or wrong way to hold a glass, but there is one thing they agree on: It should fit in your hand. That’s because it not only feels better, but will also improve your overall enjoyment of a sip.

Whether you choose to cradle it, grip it close to its base, or simply place your thumb in front of its rim and rest it on top (the most common approach), what really matters is that you do what feels best for you.

Once that happens—and you might need a glass of wine first—you can think about how much air gets inside it when drinking.

Time to Swirl!

Not all wines are created equal, but they all have one thing in common: They’re made from grapes. It’s actually a lot easier to recognize them if you know what to look for when you’re swirling and sipping.

So grab a bottle of Merlot and check out these tips for identifying whether your bottle is from California or Bordeaux and how to tell if it tastes like vinegar or berries.

Read on for our expert tips on picking out some of your favorite varietals at a glance. They may help you become more confident with your vino choices!

What exactly are tannins?

Tannins are a type of natural phenol that come from plants. It’s what gives red wines their astringent taste, and it can also make your mouth feel puckered. There are two different types of tannins—you might encounter both in wines: gallic and pyrogallic.

Gallic tannins produce softer, milder effects than pyrogallic tannins, which typically have harsher consequences on your palate.


Which is why if you see gallic acid on a label, you’re more likely to find rounder or softer flavors in that glass (like Cabernet Sauvignon) versus oakier or earthier notes (such as Malbec).

How to tell a wine is corked.

Every vino lover dreads it—the moment a corked bottle of wine arrives at their table. It’s usually a dead giveaway that something is wrong when you open a bottle and your first whiff of aroma is wet cardboard, rather than fragrant fruit or vanilla.

Corked wines have been described as smelling like wet dog, vinegar, moldy basement or just plain bad (often a combination of those scents).

The problem is that tainted bottles can be hard to spot until they’re in your glass—and even then, sometimes it’s not so easy to tell. Here are some tips for how to tell if you have a bad bottle on your hands.

Check the vintage year and more

The first thing to look for when shopping for a bottle of red or white is its vintage year. If you buy a $20 bottle of red, but it’s from 2013, don’t expect much taste.

In fact, while older wines are always better, they need some time to age in order to fully develop their flavor. So in most cases, you’ll want to focus on bottles that say vintage year on them instead of just bottled year. (Learn more tips and tricks.)

In Europe, most wines are named after the places they come from

For example, France’s most famous sparkling wine is Champagne, but it’s also Burgundy and Bordeaux. If you’re not looking for a specific place, there are two main types of wines: reds and whites.

Reds usually pair best with meats and whites go well with fish or poultry dishes. A white wine made from a red grape is called a blush or rosé.

Sparkling wines like Champagne make great holiday gifts if you want to treat your friends to something special! When purchasing a bottle of vino, look at its label first!


Wine is one of life’s great pleasures. If you aren’t drinking it, I highly recommend that you start. There are many different styles and regions of wine to try, so experiment with a few bottles before settling on one or two favorites.

Like any other type of food or drink, moderation is key when it comes to enjoying wine (or any alcoholic beverage).

The world would be a boring place if we all drank copious amounts of alcohol every day. Be responsible when drinking and enjoy your favorite glass (or bottle) responsibly!

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