Wine Guide: Can You Mix Red and White Wine?


The thought of wine is quickly and almost automatically associated with fine dining, elite meetings, celebratory events or better still, a relaxing moment sitting on your favorite couch with good music in the background after a long day. Wine has that effect that naturally brings about a sense of peace and tranquillity amid chaos. That is the power of wine. A simple glass of red or white wine does not invite those stares that say ‘it is only still morning’ as would a glass of whiskey. On the contrary, wine is more inviting and less judgmental. The beauty of wine cannot be under-estimated, and neither is one glass ever enough. But what about the mixing of red and white wine?

The culture of wine consumption is characterized by a number of unwritten rules that are a formality. In many cases, these rules are more mythical than they are factual. It is kind of expected that ‘rules’ would be established; after all, it is important to ensure that the consumption of alcoholic drinks is maintained at acceptable standards.

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Unwritten Wine Rules

Wine, like any other alcoholic beverage, requires that the consumers be mindful of the amounts they take lest the morning after proves to be not as pleasant as the fruity and sparkly tastes savored the previous night. It is no wonder the wine glasses are specifically marked to prevent overdrinking unless you are ‘savage’ enough to drink straight from the bottle. While the controlled drinking volumes are one of the unwritten rules, another one that stands out is in regard to mixing red and white either by drinking one after the other or the ‘forbidden’ habit of mixing both red and white wine in one glass.

Yes, mixing red and white wine in one glass is very much ‘forbidden’ in a cultural and social setting but has no medical backing to it. Red and white wines are typically assigned to different meals, which if you ask us, is rather limiting. What if I am serving both red and white meat? Should one ditch the wine altogether and opt for subtle beer to avoid disappointing the fore founders of the wine rulebook? The mixing of the two types of wine has long been considered a taboo but without clear grounds to explain why.

The Facts from the Myths

Mixing red and white wine should not be considered a rebellious approach towards the value and quality of the wine. On the contrary, it is a practice carried out more often than not by professional wine tasters and distillers who create delicious wine blends. The concern over the possibility that mixing white and red wine could lower the quality of the wines is true, especially when done incorrectly. For example, mixing a highly concentrated sweet red wine with dry white wine will only dilute the taste of the red wine and possibly make it drier.

Check out “The Most Popular Sweet Wines” or “What is dry wine?” for more info regarding these wines.

Mixing red and white wine may be beneficial in reviving wine that is potentially going bad by restoring a balance in the tannic and even acidic concentration. From a practical perspective, the mixing of red and white wine can be useful or disastrous, depending on whether it is done correctly and by someone with an understanding of how both of these wines work. For more tips on making your bottle of wine taste better, check out “How to Make Wine Taste Better“.

Terms of Sensations

Medically speaking, there is no evidence to show that mixing red and white wine is harmful to one’s health. The common belief that mixing red and white wine may result in severe stomach upsets and related discomforts is just a myth. The one consequence that will ideally emerge from the mixture is a strong hangover, but again, the effect varies from one individual to another. The one advantage of not mixing red and white wine is that you get to maintain consistency in terms of tastes.

Do not to mix alcoholic drinks with varied compositions, for instance, a rum and a vodka. The consequences are often dire and not too forgiving on your body. While strong alcoholic drinks easily dehydrate the system and result in the body expelling the excessive alcohol from the system, wine, which often bears a mild to a manageable percentage of alcohol, can easily fool you into thinking that they are not ‘that drunk’ until is beyond drunk.  By not mixing alcoholic drinks, the effect is controlled and you can savor the actual taste of one drink and appreciate it more, as is the case with wine. Find out what else wine does to your body in “Reasons Why Wine Makes You Sleepy“.

The Professional Perspective: Mixing Red and White Wines

Professionals say that the only disadvantage of mixing red and white wine is the effect of diluting tastes and missing out on the individual flavors. Indeed, mixing red and white wine is possible and encouraged in order for drinkers to discover new tastes. Some variations of Rosé wine can be arrived at by mixing red and white wine and the outcome is as delicious as any other wine would be.  Experimentation with recipes can equally extend to the wine cellar and in the process, new blends that are exquisite and tasteful are developed.

The mixing of red and white wine has to be done in a manner that ensures the quality of the wine is not compromised. Ideally, while it may be considered wrong to mix red and white wine, proper approaches to the matter can easily result in a blend of Rosé or blush wine. It is important to note that red wines are often more acidic due to the high concentration of tannins and aromatic compounds.

Check out 9 Wines That Taste Like Juice to see different tasting wines.

Therefore, mixing them with white wines will result in very few changes. However, the age of the wine may be significant in granting superiority in terms of concentration to either white or red wine. For example, it is commonly believed that red wine will always dominate in color and flavor. However, a well-aged Chardonnay will easily prevail over a very young red wine. It is important to take into consideration features such as the age of the wine, concentration, and acidity of the wines to be mixed and the goal to be achieved.

Be sure to read 10 Tips How to Age Wine The Right Way and How to Store Wine After Opening for more tips on storing your wine at home.

Possible Wine Mixes

Different types of wines may be mixed, but it is important to understand the portions and what is to be achieved. In order to get a good blend, it is imperative that the listed factors above are taken into consideration. The blending of wines requires that similar types are mixed. For example, natives blend well with natives while hybrids such as Baco or Delaware blend best with hybrids like Foch or Ives. The type of wine to be achieved will depend on the portions used. For example, to achieve a simple Rosé blend, mixing 80% Chardonnay and 20% Grenache will result in a simple rosé wine. Champagne with a sparkling Rosé finish is one of the common blends achieved through mixing red and white wine to gain a balance in concentration, consistency, and polyphenolics. Learn how to make peach wine in “How to Make Peach Wine“.

Mixing red and white wine has the potential to result in exquisite tastes and aromas. This mixture has the capacity of making light of strong red wines and also reviving wines on the precipice. Mixing wines should not be considered a taboo against wining and dining traditions. On the contrary, it should be perceived as a means of developing new tastes that provide for fulfilling experiences. If you want to enjoy your wine, throw the rule book out the door, and you will find yourself enjoying the exquisite flavors of newfound blends.

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Let us know in the comments below if you ever tried a wine blend and let us know which one! Be sure to take a look at “Ultimate Guide for Best Red Wine Serving Temperatures“, “How Many Calories in a Bottle of White Wine“, or “How To Make Wine At Home” for more info for your bottles of red or white.

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