Wine 101 for Millennials

I read an article by The New York Times that said Millennials are going to be the death of the wine industry. The article called us the White Claw generation, gross.

“As baby boomers retire and buy less wine, producers need new ways to tempt a White Claw generation back from other alcoholic drinks.”

I almost passed out reading it, who doesn’t love wine more than Millennials? As an older Millennial, 1984 baby here, I am used to being blamed for all of the things. Millennials don’t want to work, Millennials can’t buy a house, Millennials this, Millennials that, it is exhausting. As also mentioned in the article, there are a lot more options available than generations before us.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cocktail, but wine is my drink of choice at home after a long day. Beer is not something I enjoy personally, and I don’t want to pop open the Tequila on a Wednesday. Then I got to thinking, is our generation maybe not educated on the ins and outs of wine? Do we not appreciate a good Cabernet? I know I do, but maybe not everyone else does.

Here are some different varietals of Red and White Wine to get you started:

Red Wine from dry to sweet – Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Malbec

White Wine from dry to sweet – Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Moscato

*I put links to Total Wine & More as they have a great description of the different wines mentioned above.

Wine can really cost you anywhere from $9 to over $1,000. The variety offered is a wide range for any and all budgets. Dry wine, sweet wine, bubbly wine, there really is something for everyone.

Overwhelmed? Tell me about it, there are pages and pages and aisles and aisles of different wines, how do I choose? If you are ever able to book a trip to Napa or Sonoma, you take your cute butt on a tour of the wineries. This is the best way to find out what wine you like and what you don’t.

If I am going to have a big bowl of pasta, I’ll go for a bottle of White Wine. If I am tackling a steak, Red Wine. I like a dry red and a sweet white. If you are new to wine, I suggest starting with White Wine and working your way to the Reds. Personal opinion and experience on that one.

Are you a wine drinker? What is your favorite varietal?

Jeanne DeLasalle
Jeanne is a single mom to a wonderful son who loves nothing more than her family, friends, and her Saints. Born and raised in New Orleans, she enjoys everything this city has to offer. In her spare time you can catch her napping or binge watching movies on her couch. On Sunday's in the fall, she is in the Superdome and goes into a state of depression when football season is over.


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