For decades I have heard all kinds of words and combination of words to describe a wine. Over the times the indiscretions of youth have given way to exploring wines based more and more on the descriptors of the wine emerging in wine publications and on the labels.
Although a tremendous portion of the world’s population drinks wine, most of us have no idea what’s inside the bottle before us. But the fact is that there are over ten thousand diverse grape varieties that can be made into wine, and many countries producing wines of every shape and size and color. Wines, don’t just come in red and white. They also come in sorted shades of pink and even orange and brown (but we’re getting way ahead of ourselves here). The fact is that the world of wine is unknown and misapprehend by the typical wine consumer. But if you’d like to discover a happy medium between the blissfully ignorant wine consumer, and the know-it-all wine snob, then here’s what you need to do:
Know some basic rules
It’s generally understood that white wines go with fish and white meat, and that red wines go with red meat. However, that’s only the beginning of the story. Wines that are made to go alongside food have an immense range of capabilities. In fact, it’s possible to find terrific pairings that totally go against the traditional wisdom and old school rules. So rather than pairing based on color, try thinking about major flavors in dishes or the weight and texture of a dish and then find wines that work nicely in unison with those traits.
Know it’s okay not to know
Many of us feel like we need to posture about our wine knowledge and wine experience. You see that sommelier heading toward the table and you start grasping for wine words you read in a magazine or seek to impersonate a scene you saw in some film. Look, not everyone is expected to know about wine. So, do yourself a favor and humble up and ask a few questions if you wish to.
Enjoy the experience
Wine doesn’t need to be approached academically by most of us. So, do not worry about studying up, and focus on enjoying the wine experience. Take note of the nature you like and what things you do not like and use that new knowledge to boost your future enjoyment by exploring more and more new wines that suit your preferences.
Most people will say that to fully enjoy wine a person requires to be patient and employ all their senses. Even the sound that comes from pouring a wine in the perfect glass is quite thrilling. The sense of touch comes into the equation in feeling the stem of the glass, the cork and the punt. Undoubtedly, if someone has tried the wine before-same vintage and varietal and winery-expectations are in your memory bank; you do not need a review.