Wine Basics – A Beginner’s Guide to Drinking Wine

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Beginner’s Guide to Wine

Learning about wine will improve your sense of taste as well as help you buy better wine. First things first, let’s take a look at how to serve wine. Wine service isn’t merely for social etiquette, it will actually improve the taste!

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Explore Wine by Style

Explore Wine with 9 Main Styles

At the moment there are over 1,300 confirmed wine varieties in the world. So instead of trying to remember them all, you can explore wine by style. There are 9 primary styles of wine that categorize wine through it’s taste profile:

9 Styles of Wine: Light White, Rich White, Aromatic & Sweet White, Rosé, Light Red, Medium Red, Full-Bodied Red, Sparkling and Dessert Wine.


Different Types of Wine

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After understanding the spectrum of flavors that wine has to offer, you can explore new wines by their flavor. If you want to get a baseline of the major wine varieties in the world, challenge yourself to try the ‘noble grapes’ 18 listed below.

Develop Your Sense of Taste

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Learning to taste wine will help you pick out flavors and also notice wine faults. Tasting is a 4 step process and will become second nature once you learn it. You will find yourself actively tasting everything!

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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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