Wine is known to be the “Fruits of the Gods”. Wine is also a multi-million dollar import and export industry. Many cultures enjoy wine at an early age. There are festivals in different countries around the production of wine.
I recently have written two articles titled “Top Red Wines of 2006 on Any Budget” and “White Zinfandel or Merlot: How To Choose The Right Wine”. Both articles received great reviews but readers needed something more. Those who have never tasted wine in their life did not want to have a bad experience, so I have written this guide on how to become a wine aficionado or at least a wine drinker.
Style of Wines
In my article “White Zinfandel or Merlot: How To Choose The Right Wine” I talk about the thirteen different types of wines. There are different types of sparkling wines, white wines, red wines, dessert wines and rose wines. Don’t quote me on the exact number of wines because a vineyard always seems to be producing a new style each year.
There are several types of wine being produced around the world. Italy, France, United States, New Zealand, South Africa, and Chile are one of the many countries that are producing wines. Each vineyard produces a distinct tasting wine from its vineyard.
I remember my first experience with wine. I was sitting down to an Italian meal and decided to try my first glass of red wine. The style of wine that I chose was Chianti because I knew that Chianti wine is a famous Italian red wine. I gasped when I took my first sip because it was so rich and dry that it knocked my socks off. I don’t want this to happen to you because I don’t want you to turn away from the experience of wine with a good meal.
The best thing to do is to introduce your palette to the different types of wine. That’s just a fancy way of saying your taste buds. If you normally drink soda with dinner, try a red wine, white wine or rose wine spritzer. A spritzer is a wine mixed with club soda. You will have the sweetness of the club soda along with the taste of the wine.
Another way to learn about wines is to go to a local wine tasting event. By simply going to the event, you will be able to taste that vineyards new production of wine. Most vineyards produce several types of wines, so you will be able to try them all for free. If you like a style of wine, take note of it and then try different vineyards with the same style.
For example my father in law loves Mirassou Vineyards. I personally like fruity wines, so after trying the Sauvignon Blanc, I might want to try something a little dryer and tannic like the Chardonnay.
In short just make an effort to try a new wine. Many stores, like A.G. Ferarri in the bay area have samples of their wines available daily. You could try their house wine and then move on from there.
There are many ways to learn about wine and the different tastes. The bay area has a television show and website called In Wine Country. The show and website showcases different vineyards.
Ask your friends and family about wine. I learned about wine from my aunts and I learned about beer from my uncles. Three of my aunts are not only wine drinkers but they served wine at their previous jobs. Ask around, you will never know who the wine expert in your family is.
Magazines are a great source of education about wines. The major wine magazines are Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, Food and Wine. There are many magazines that feature different types of wines. The magazines that I mentioned are known to give you information on award winning wines, new vineyards, food, and wine innovators of the world.
Forums are another way of learning about wine. Yahoo itself has over 400 groups about wine tasting alone. Lets not forget about the forums that vineyards and wineries have on their own websites. The education is endless if you do a little research.
Last but not least is my favorite way of experience wine and that’s in my home. The Traveling Vineyard has consultants that will introduce you to wines right in your home. As a host, you will receive a free bottle of wine. Now who doesn’t love a free bottle of wine?
All in all, I hope that this article has help in expanding your horizons in the world of wine. Just like any love, the love of wine is not for everyone but I hope you enjoy the time you spent experience the search.