Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Becoming a Wine Enthusiast

Trading in your shot glasses for wine glasses can seem overwhelming at first.  I mean there are so many different rules for so many different wines, it can be difficult to keep track of them all.  I am here to help you on this fine Wine Wednesday and give you three major tips to help turn you into a true wine enthusiast!

TIP #1: Pairing Red & White Wine
As a general rule-of-thumb you can pair your wine with your food based on color.  If you are drinking red wine then red sauces, red meats, and heavier foods will compliment the wine nicely.  If you are drinking white wine, salads, poultry, and light sauces will pair together.
TIP #2: Taste Around
It is important to try different wines at different times.  Grocery stores often host wine sampling events or stores like World Market. I love sampling at World Market because it's free, you can sample up to six different wines, and they actually know what they are talking about. You can also visit local wineries and do a wine-tasting and they are usually pretty inexpensive as well. Make a note though, that just because you hated a wine like pinot noir last weekend it doesn't mean that a different brand will be just as terrible, try it again! 
TIP #3: Get Educated
After sampling various wines decide which wine is your favorite and learn as much as you can about it.  This will give you some background information and talking points the next time you are up against a wine connoisseur.  You should also find a region that you favor of others and learn as much as you can about that too.  Say you love Rieslings from Germany, find out fast-facts so you can educate others the next time you pour a glass. 

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