Let’s get started on the right foot by saying that enjoying wine does not require expertise. The wine industry has done a disservice to itself by making us believe that we’re not worthy of enjoying wine if we don’t know very much.
At my wine tastings, I often have people say to me, “I don’t know anything about wine. I just know what I like.” My response to these people is, “Then you know the most important thing.”
Why Are We So Intimidated by Wine?
For some reason, we’ve all been led to believe that wine is this big mysterious beast and that we know less about wine than anybody else. We’re scared to tell people what we like and don’t like. We’re scared to ask questions. We’re scared to look like a fool.
A key goal of mine when I lead wine tastings is to demystify the wine tasting experience – to turn off the intimidation. I often start out my tastings by saying, “Okay, guys, let’s start with the basics. We are tasting fermented grape juice. There’s not a lot intimidating about that, is there?” I also let people know that there are no stupid questions. When I say that a wine tastes like lemon, your asking me if lemon was added to the wine is perfectly acceptable.
It’s Okay to Be a Wine Novice
It is perfectly okay to be a wine novice. Recognize that the best way to learn about wine is to drink it. Every time you taste a wine, it’s a learning experience, and you really want to relish that. Even if you’re tasting the same wine day in and day out, you’re having a different experience each day. Perhaps one day you have it on its own at your home. Another day, you have it with a salad at a restaurant. Another day, you have it with a sandwich at a picnic. Each experience is different, and each experience will teach you a little bit more about that wine and wine in general.
Enjoying Wine by Hosting a Wine Tasting
The best way to learn about wine is to drink more different wines. At the end of the day, it’s about knowing what you like and tasting what you like. My wine tastings are a great way to be exposed to new wines. If you’re interested in learning more about what’s involved with hosting a tasting, please visit my Wine Tastings page.
So here’s to enjoying many wonderful new wines.