Red vs White Wine: Which Do You Prefer?

When it comes to wine, most people have a preference- and aren’t afraid to share it. While rosé continues to be a popular choice, the two most beloved wines are of the red and white variety. Whether you’re an avid wine drinker or enjoy the occasional glass, chances are you have a type when it comes to wine.


“I find myself being a seasonal wine drinker,” says Steve Pollack, Legacy in a Glass’s National Sales Director. “In hotter weather I crave more clean, crisp whites served cold, Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, Pecorino, Kydonitsa, which is a very delicious Greek white, colder season reds, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Burgundian Pinot Noir,  Amarone, Bordeaux.”


When differentiating between red and white wine, it is important to know what makes each type so unique. The biggest difference between red and white wines is that red wine is made with red grapes, while white wine is made with white grapes. Red and white wines are also made using different parts of the grape, another key distinction between the two. Red wine is fermented with the skin and seeds, giving it the deep, rich color many red wine drinkers love. White wine, however, is pressed off of the skin and seeds before fermenting, giving it that lovely yellow-gold hue.


The amount of time a red wine is left on its skin and seeds determines the deeper color and concentration along with tannin or dryness of the wine. White wines are sometimes left on their skins (Sur Lie) which adds complexity and a creaminess to the wine. “Rosés made from red grapes are pressed and from the grape juice (white in both colored grapes) comes in contact with the red skins and turns it pink,” says Steve. “Cheaper jug wine or boxed wine are made from white grapes and neutral red wine is added into it.”


It is also important to note that red and white wines are made using different wine making methods. Red wine is typically aged in oak barrels, while white wine is aged in stainless steel vats. Another key component when it comes to the difference between red and white wine is the oxidation that can either cause wine to lose any floral and fruit notes, or to ensure that the wine keeps those notes. By increasing oxygen, a wine will lose its floral and fruit notes in exchange for a richer, smoother flavor and mouthfeel. When oxygen is decreased, a wine is able to hold onto its floral and fruit flavors.


There are also several health benefits to wine, particularly red wine. Being that red wine is fermented with the skin and seeds of red grapes, it is able to retain more antioxidants, therefore being slightly healthier than white wine. Some of the health benefits associated with red wine include heart health, reduced risk of cancer, reduced risk of dementia, and reduced risk of stroke. However, white wine tends to contain fewer calories than red wine, making it a popular choice for anyone looking to indulge without the guilt.


Specific polyphenols like resveratrol, which is found in red wine, helps to protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart. Of course, moderation plays a key role in appreciating any health benefits. “One 5 ounce glass of wine, red or white, is the golden rule,” Steve shares.

Whether you tend to reach for red or white wine, Legacy in a Glass’s range of Moon Tree wine truly has something for everyone. To shop the full line, visit

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