5 Beginner Tips to Learn More about Wine
Written by featured Alexandra Rosen Food Blogger of Butter Belly Babe
Want to learn more about wine? Here are 5 easy quick tips to learn more about wine in a few easy steps:
"Eighty percent of people want to learn more about wine," but some people are afraid to begin. The sheer volume of different wines overwhelms them these days. I'm sure some even would have been overwhelmed back before the dark ages of the Prohibition in America before people realized that good wine could be made here. Before that, learning about wine seems easy, when there were only what we call "old world wines" now. You know, the European stuff, French, German, Italian.
1. Get Educated – Here are a few links to recommend reading material from Wine experts and Sommeliers
- Madeline Puckett and Justin Hammack: Wine Folly
- Jancis Robinson: the 24-hour wine expert
- Jay Mcinerney: the juice: vinous veritas
- Patrick Alexander: the booklover's guide to wine
2. Take classes locally
In San Francisco, there are a bunch of nearby options for wine classes. It would be redundant for me to list the good ones when 7x7.com has done so already. Wine classes are an awesome way to try a lot of different wines for less money. You taste a few different glasses for the price you'd probably pay for one bottle at a store. Plus, you get to practice tasting with other people and a teacher. That's value!
3. Drink wine!
The best way to learn is to try. Taste wines from Italy, France, Argentina, California, Hungary, and I would even recommend this Japanese one which was aged at the bottom of the sea! Compare the same grape varietals from different countries and different winemaker’s techniques. Get down with different vineyards/ winemakers. Make tasting notes so you remember which wines you enjoyed and why.
4. Talk about wine with others wine connoisseurs
Go on winery tours and do tasting flights. Compare tasting notes with others as your pallets may be different. Often food brings out the best in a wine so think about food pairings and what meal the wines would go best worth. Learning about wine is supposed to be FUN so in the beginning take it lightly and enjoy. For more ideas and tips for beginners check out this article from Wall Street Journal.
5. Keep track of your wine glass with Wine Glass Writers
There is nothing worst then setting down a glass of wine you love only to have it snagged by another guest at a party. To avoid this from happening be sure to keep track of your wine glass with Wine Glass Writer. These non- toxic markers write on all gazed surfaces and are better functioning than a wine charm as they write on the wine glass so you can find you can avoid abandon wine glasses. While there is the obvious use of writing your guests' names on their glasses is great with these markers you can also:
- Draw pictures on your glass
- Write the name of the wine for your tasting
- Welcome guests to a party by writing on windows or mirrors
- Label ceramic creamers, cheese plates or charcuterie boards with the non-toxic ink to
- They also work great to label canning jars too!
Wine Glass Writers are already a good value at $9.95, but use the coupon code Winebuddies10 for an extra 10% off your online order www.wineglasswriter.com
If you liked this post, check out from From Alexandra on her blog at Butter Belly Babe
- wineschool.com - Chicago Wine School
- internationalwineguild.com - International Wine Guild (Denver)
- bostonwineschool.com - Boston Wine School
- nywcc.com - New York Wine & Culinary Center
- aiwf.org - The American Institute of Wine & Food
- vintagewineenterprises.com - Los Angeles School of Wines
- extension.ucdavis.edu - UC Davis Extension Wine Appreciation
- kevinzraly.com/ - Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Wine School
- arniemillan.com - Arnie Millan’s Wine Classes
- vinology.com - The Wine School of Philadelphia
- wineandspiritsprogram.com - Harriet Lembeck’s Wine & Spirits Program
- internationalwinecenter.com - International Wine Center
- atlantawineschool.com - Atlanta Wine School