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January 18, 2014

Wine 101, Do You Know What You Like And Why?

Wine 101. Do you know what styles of wine you like?

The post comes directly from my teaching notes. I’m giving you the exact same information I give to my students. I’m sharing what is necessary to make you an educated consumer. Wine and all of its nuances can get deep, heavy, boring, confusing, and overwhelming to say the least. What I have found throughout my years of teaching and facilitating seminars is that if information is broken down to lowest common denominator it is easier to comprehend; allowing the whys, whats, and how comes to fall right into place.

As a novice wine enthusiast, learning and figuring out what you like and what you don’t like is all a part of the process. Its an evolution; an evolution of the senses, taste, smell, and sight. As your quest for more and more wine knowledge increases the more evolved and mature your palate will become, thus you will appreciate many more styles of wine. I encourage my students to never pass up an opportunity to try a new and different wine, and then document what they thought of it, good and bad. Unless you can articulate why you like or don’t like a wine the point in moot. What you like now and the reasons why you like it very well may change once your palate matures. And what you don’t care for now very well may end up being one of your go-to styles of wine.

South Florida Food and Wine, wine note taker

South Florida Food and Wine, wine note taker

When you walk into your local wine shop to look around and buy a bottle you don’t need to know about clones, residual sugar, and the pH level. What you do need to know is what you like, sweet, acidic, bold, red, white; old world, new world, fruity style, earthy style. Once you identify what you like, its easy to shop for what you’re looking for. Below is an example of a chart I created that I hand out to my students and have them fill it in. It helps you identify and articulate what you like and why and then it guides you to the next level.

South Florida Food and Wine, wine chart

South Florida Food and Wine, wine chart

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