In honor of the new year, I’d like to propose a resolution. I propose that we simplify wine tasting. Really? Really! [Read more…]
A lot about our mouths gives flavor to how we perceive and interact with our world. Take our amazing tongue — a sense organ extraordinaire, the muscle that enhances a kiss, and a kind of Swiss Army tool we use to wet things, clean things, and test things prior to ingesting them. The tongue is also required to form words, hence language. And language is a huge key in how we perceive our world.
What does this have to do with wine? Well, a lot more than you may imagine. In his fascinating article Tip of the Tongue, W. Blake Gray says that “The words you use to describe a taste may actually change how you taste it.” He describes not only how language influences our perception of the world, but how the words we use to describe wine can be unexpectedly and hugely different from culture to culture. [Read more…]
We all know that wine tastings can be incredibly fun. But every once in a while, they can be a bit overwhelming. Too much wine. Too much food. Too much noise. Too much excitement. I know. It’s hard to believe. But it can happen. Here are three tips for a successful wine tasting. [Read more…]
Does wine knowledge increase wine enjoyment? I think it does. But I want to be clear in saying that wine should be enjoyed, whether you know a lot or a little about it.
One of my goals in my wine tastings is to help people have more fun with wine. Early on in my tastings, especially tastings for wine newbies, I say something along the lines of “It’s time to get over our discomfort and intimidation with wine. After all, we are drinking fermented grape juice.”
It’s hard to enjoy yourself or your wine when you’re feeling uptight about not knowing enough or you’re feeling like you need to impress people with your wine knowledge. I think that increasing people’s confidence around wine goes a long way in helping people have fun with it.
I think there are three key areas where having a little wine knowledge can help build confidence and increase enjoyment. [Read more…]
As an independent wine consultant with WineShop At Home, I host “edutaining” wine tastings in people’s homes and offices. Here are eight great reasons for hosting a wine tasting with me: [Read more…]