Blog, Wine, Wine Trivia / Thursday, July 19th, 2018

We know that in the past you may have heard of the different types of fears. It ranges from the most common fears like acrophobia (the fear of heights) and arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) to the most outrageous ones like ergophobia (the fear of work or the work environment, WHAT?) and philophobia (the fear of falling in love, this might be not as uncommon as you think). If you think that that’s ridiculous, wait until you hear this type of phobia.

Oenophobia. You might not have heard of this yet, but this is very real. It is the fear of wines.

Yes, there’s a select few that fears this rich, delicious, alcoholic beverage that everyone (well, not really) has loved to drink.

According to common-phobias.com, oenophobia is defined as “the fear of wines. The origin of the word oeno is Greek (meaning wine) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear).” “Oenophobia is also called Oinophobia.” This type of phobia might arise from different types of events like traumatic experiences with wine, or internal things like heredity or the genes. Still according to the website, “the symptoms vary by person depending on their level of fear. The symptoms typically include extreme anxiety, dread and anything associated with panic such as shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, nausea, inability to articulate words or sentences, dry mouth and shaking.” Wow, that is a serious one.

According to phobiasource.com, “For some, this fear is associated with the fear of alcoholic beverages and intoxication. For others, the fear of wine may stem from the fear of having to choose wine for a party for instance and chose a bad wine and was blamed by the host, or was made to drink a lot of wine that caused one to be extremely intoxicated and was unable to control the symptoms of intoxication such as vomiting and disinhibition.” We can’t imagine vomiting because of the delicious wine, well unless we already had a little too much. We always encourage moderate drinking.

This type of phobia is something that is very strange, yet there are still some who have it. As for us, we can’t imagine fearing this sumptuous alcoholic drink that is a great compliment to almost anything or any event in this world. How about you? Can you imagine life without sweet or semi-sweet wine? Can you imagine eating cheese or a big slab of steak or veal without it? We don’t.

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