Learning more about wine is a flavorful adventure that you can take on at any age. There are so many varieties of wine available that you may not know where to begin, but the best thing to do is simply to dive in and begin experimenting.
One of the easiest ways to learn about wines is to identify restaurants in your area that serve a variety. Waitstaff are usually more than happy to help you select wines that go well with your meal selections. Choose low to mid-range wines to experiment with different tastes without overspending on something you may not like. Let your tastebuds do the work for you. As you sample wine, decide whether you prefer the dryer, sharper flavors of red wine or the lighter, sweeter taste of zinfandels.
Once you have identified your preferences, continue to learn about wines by purchasing bottles to sample at home. Take note of those you enjoy and those you’d rather not try again. Build your list as you go. Let a wine-loving friend help you choose different wines and foods that compliment your choices.
As you continue to learn about wines, you may want to know more about winemaking or network with other wine lovers. Local vineyards often offer wine tastings, tours of their facilities and social events. A trip to a vineyard is an enjoyable outing and an opportunity to sample local wines. Your area may also have annual festivals where you can sample wines from many vineyards while enjoying music and crafts.
Should you choose to delve further into your quest to learn about wines, you can explore books, continuing education classes at local colleges or culinary schools, and web sites devoted to wine.