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Avoiding the Dreaded Wine Smile

Avoiding the Dreaded Wine Smile

blog , Laurita Winery , wine advice 🕔December 18, 2018 0 comments

As if you didn’t have enough to worry about around the holidays… with the extra wine concumption you have to be on the lookout for “wine smile” or “wine teeth”.

Also known as “wine mouth,” this is the phenomenon whereby you realize that the red wine you have been drinking has given your teeth a distinctly purple cast, reminiscent of a vampire post-feeding.

We’ve got The Goods by Vox. And according to them, the amount of staining you deal with is dependent on two things – how porous your teeth are, and how red your wine is.

Red wine is red because of anthocyanins, the red pigment in grapes. It is also high in tannins, which lend it a delicious astringency, but — in an unfortunate turn — help that pigment bind to your teeth. And your teeth are vulnerable at this moment because of a third factor: acid.

Interestingly, while white wine is more acidic than red wine, there’s no reason to worry about wine smile with whites. It all comes back to those anthocyanins, which are found in grape skins.

Reds get their color not from the juice itself — grape flesh itself is almost always white — but from how long the juice sat in contact with the skins: the longer, the darker.

So there is a simple-ish solution. If you don’t want purple teeth, avoid the darker wines.

A pinot noir, for example — less tannic, and less physically dark than a soulful cabernet — is also likely to be less staining. “If I think of cabernets, I’m going to have purple teeth at night. Malbec, I’m going to have purple teeth.”

Of course, sometimes you’re eating a meal that calls for a deep, rich red. Or maybe you just want a little bolder wine, but without the cannibal grin. They have a suggestion for that.

“Cut up a white paper towel and just carry the strips in your purse or pocket. And when you go to the bathroom, just wipe off the film [on your teeth]. It helps tremendously,” she says, pointing out that every layer you’re not wiping off just stays there, getting redder and redder, drink after drink.


We’re sooo going to try the paper towels. Let you know how it works out!


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