Wine Basics – A Beginner’s Guide to Drinking Wine

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Beginner’s Guide to Wine

Whether you’re just get started with wine or work in the industry, this page contains many useful resources that will round out your wine knowledge. If you like what you see here, subscribe to receive more great stuff.

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The Basic Types of Wine

Wine is made with grapes, but not typical table grapes you’ll find at the grocery. Wine grapes (the latin name is Vitis vinifera) are small, sweet, have thick skins, and contain seeds. There are over 1,300 different wine grape varieties, but just a few of them are planted all over the world:

8 Common Types of Wine

The Many Different Types of Wine (Infographic)

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How to Hold a Glass of Wine

Serving Wine and Choosing Glassware

Wine is a peculiar beverage because even the shape of the glass will change the way it tastes. So, here are 7 things to know when it comes to serving wine.

7 Basics to Serving Wine and Choosing Glassware

Develop Your Sense of Taste

Learning to taste wine will help you pick out flavors and also notice wine faults. The 4-step tasting method practiced by professionals all over the world.


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Why Learn About Wine?

Enhances Social Experiences

At its heart wine is a beverage best enjoyed in the company of others. A little bit of wine knowledge goes a long way by opening doors to new flavors and styles. Exploring wine is an inexhaustible adventure for which you’ll need to enlist your friends and family.

Confidence Buying Wine

No one likes to go to the wine aisle and feel overwhelmed. Have you bought wine based on arbitrary ratings, ambiguous tasting notes, or the label? How would you like to walk in, confidently find your favorite wines, and leave 100% satisfied?

Improve Ability to Taste/Smell

Tasting/smelling wine doesn’t have to be an exercise in snobbery. It only takes a brief pause to develop an awareness of what you’re drinking. Knowing what you like will make it much easier to consistently find similar wines. This isn’t limited to wine, learning a few basics can improve the taste/smell of just about anything.

Personal Challenge/Satisfaction

The wine world is immense. We like to see this as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. Do you have a favorite sports team, fashion designer, tv chef, or movie director? What if I told you that there are celebrity winemakers and that if you found your favorite winery/winemaker you’d never have to drink bad wine again?

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