Recently, a young man asked us if it was ok for men to order white wine? He conveyed his interest in white wine because of its temperature and refreshing acidity, but he had recently been made fun of by his male friends for drinking white wines. Unfortunately, this is a stereotype that many men face. That’s why we ask “Do real men drink wine”.
Some men are fearless creatures like Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, others are not. So, here is the perfect wine for all macho men. It’s called Plavac Mali. This grape, indiginenous to Croatia and produced off the Dalmatian coast, it’s strong, rustic, bold, dark and spicy. Rumor has it that Plavac Mali is related to Zinfandel, which totally makes sense after you taste it. Its high in alcohol, plummy, spicy and meaty like Zin, yet its Mediterranean spices and hints of dried fruits add a southern European flare to this wine.
Plavac Mali is limited in production so it may be harder to find than most wines. I’ve recently been enjoying the 2007 Postup Donja Banda Plavac Mali from the Peljesac region of Croatia. The grapes for Postup are hand picked and also picked late so that they are somewhat overripe. The result is a wine full of flavor and intensity that could benefit from a little time spent in glass with exposure to air. It’s suggested this wine be served slightly chilled, as it is very high in alcohol and can come across even more alcoholic at too warm of temperatures. Plus, the slight chill helps to retain the wine’s fruit character. And like most men, this wine loves grilled or roasted meat. You won’t have to worry about looking like a sissy if you’re holding a glass of red wine and at the same time eating a slab of beef without utensils like a caveman.
Cheers! “Life is short, Drink Great Wine”