5 Tips to Experiment with Wine – Find Others You Love

5 Tips to Experiment with Wine - Find Others You Love

We’re talking a drink that has passed down through endless generations. A drink that has been consumed by some of the most historical and influential figures in countless societies. Your problem for some is that they stick to the same one or two because these are the safe options. You know you like them, right? But 2024 is the year to experiment and put your brave pants on. So we’ve compiled some tips with this in mind.

Tip 1: Start with the Basics

You can’t get excited over a spicy Shiraz or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc when you don’t get the fundamentals. There are dozens of grape varieties and wine types, but focus on the main ones. You can always start with big names like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. Learn to identify the primary flavours associated with each type—fruity notes of Merlot, the earthiness of Malbec, the acidity of Riesling—and how they are affected by factors like ageing, terroir, and winemaking styles.

Tip 2: Attend Tastings or Events

You don’t need to be a fancy bean with a fancy suit to enjoy an event like this. These gatherings offer a structured environment to sample various wines, often accompanied by knowledgeable hosts who can explain the unique characteristics of each bottle. Look for local wine clubs or vineyards that host regular tasting sessions. Look online for local events and watch a few vids in preparation – you’ll be fine.

Tip 3: Pairing Wine with Food

Wine goes with food like BBQs go with summer. Don’t always drink wine in isolation when you can eat amazing food at the same time. Educate yourself on the art of pairing—red wines with rich meats, white wines with poultry and seafood, sweet wines with desserts—this harmony can transform a meal into an experience. Learn what food to have when drinking Marsala wine, for example. Start simple and experiment with different combinations at home; a sparkling wine with a slice of cheese is delightful, as is a crisp Chardonnay with a light chicken dish.

Tip 4: Explore Different Regions

You probably don’t need us to tell you that there are loads of different wine types. Don’t just stick to wines within a 30 mile radius. This is your chance to see the world (without all the airport hassle!). Each area offers unique terroir, climate, and traditions that are reflected in the taste of their wines.

Tip 5: Keep a Tasting Journal

Don’t be afraid to grab a notebook (maybe with a wine pun on the front) and take notes. Keep a tasting journal where you jot down the wines you’ve tried, the date, your tasting notes, and any preferences you’ve formed. The last thing you want is to get a wine you hated for the second time (double disappointment alert!). You might be surprised by how your palate evolves over time and what trends you notice in the wines you enjoy. Not every experienced wine person can remember every wine they love – keep a notebook and it’s going to be so much easier to find wines again.


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