Wine Basics – A Beginner’s Guide to Drinking Wine


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Wine Basics

Wine is made with grapes, but they are different than what you’ll find at the grocery store. Wine grapes (the latin name is Vitis vinifera) are small, sweet, have thick skins, and contain seeds. There are over 1,300 identified, commercial wine grape varieties, but just about 150 of these varieties make up the majority of wine made in the world. These primer articles will give you a great overview of the scope of what wine is:

What Is Wine?

The 9 Styles of Wine Explained

8 Common Types of Wine To Know

The Many Different Types of Wine (Infographic)

See More Wine Variety Articles


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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Great Book: Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

If you’re looking for a book that will help you become confident with wine, we encourage you to take a a look at Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. This book is packed with useful information, infographics and maps that will help you find great wines and seek out good quality. We’re delighted to mention that it’s also a New York Times Bestseller and Amazon Top 5 Cookbook of 2015. Feel free to check out other reader’s reviews on Amazon or add your own!

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Pairing Wine and Food

A great wine and food pairing creates synergy together on your tastebuds. To create your own great wine and food pairings, you’ll need to learn a little bit of the fundamentals of taste (don’t worry, it’s fun!).

Getting Started With Food and Wine Pairing


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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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