There are many different subtopics that fall under the topic of wine, including food and wine pairings as well as choosing an occasion-appropriate wine. There are quite a few websites and books out there that delve into the grape world, but how can you enjoy your very own glass of wine?
1. Wine Tastings
One great thing to do is attend wine tasting events! Wine tastings are fun to go to and can teach you a lot about wine. It’s also a great social event for you to enjoy with others. If you know anyone else who is curious about wine or loves it, invite them as well. It’s a great way to enjoy the company of others and get a bit giddy.
2. Be strong
Trust your instincts when you try a wine. If you have a friend who suggests a new wine that they absolutely love, but you don’t enjoy that type of wine, don’t purchase it. You don’t want to end up spending money on a wine you may not like.
Always try one bottle of wine before buying more. Because your wine options are endless, you may fall in love with any number of them. It’s wise to try one bottle prior to getting the full case.
Choose a wine because you enjoy it not because some critic recommends it. A lot of experts say that one wine is superior because of the winery or region, but ultimately it’s up to your own tastes. If an inexpensive white wine is your cup of tea, then by all means make your purchase! After all, the most important thing is to drink what you enjoy.
A screw top bottle would be perfect for a tailgating event with your friends. Caps that just need to be twisted are easier to open and eliminate the need to drag a corkscrew around with you. They also provide a more secure seal than corks do.
There is no truth to the statement that each and every white wine is best served chilled. Each white wine is a different texture so it might be better to serve them at different temperatures. Some wines like Sauvignon Blanc taste good cold, but Chardonnay and Pinot Gris can be served warm (but ewe, cold all the way for me!).
5. Wine Tours
Go to where the wine is. Visiting the areas where your favourite wine is made will give you a greater appreciation of the different taste of the grapes. It will help you to better explain the aromas and taste to others. It’s also a nice excuse to have a lovely vacation.
When visiting, enjoy your wine, and have fun tasting the many different varieties available. Try to analyse all the aspects of the wine, including what makes it work with a particular meal and all of the flavours present. Let yourself go!
Thinking of cooking that Jamie Oliver Dish and need a wine to complement it? Do some reading online in terms of what wines compliment certain meats or veggie options. You’d be surprised how a good wine can enhance your palate experience.
7. And relax....
Dedicate time to your wine. If you have some evening down time in the week on your own or if your partner is away and the kids are asleep on a Wednesday, book it in your diary to enjoy some you time with a vino, either trying something new or appreciating your favourite tipple. Equally, make it a couple thing, watching a film or putting the world to rights.
When it comes to learning about wine, it is important to start with the basics. There are some fundamental guidelines, but the enjoyment of wine mostly boils down to preference. Once you know the fundamental aspects of choosing a wine to go with your meal, you’ll be letting your taste buds bring you to the perfect bottle. Keep the tips you’ve learned here in mind. Now get out there and enjoy yourself!