If you drink wine consistently, then you should not appreciate it a little more? That’s the question Caroline Conner, wine coach and sommelier, asks on the subject of how less savvy wine drinkers can better connect with what’s in their glass.
“It makes me sad that wine lovers decide it’s not worth learning about what they love,” Conner explains. “In what other area of your life would you spend so much time and money on something without knowing anything about it?”
Whether you are an amateur industry or learning to enjoy the craftsmanship and art of winemaking, there are certain steps you can take to ensure that you value your wine better. “You don’t have to get professional qualifications, you don’t have to earn a needle or anything like that, but you should really do yourself the favor of learning, because it really does make it better,” Conner says.
While many sommeliers will repeat Conner’s feelings and enforce that you should drink what you love based on your individual taste (not what someone else tells you to love), there are a few other details that wine experts will want you to to know when it comes to better appreciating the pressed grapes in your glass – here are five tips to get you started.
“Google the name of the wine, the designation and the location. Try to see where the wine comes from, on a wine map or Google maps. The more you know, the stronger your appreciation; you more enjoy a good basketball game if you know the rules, players, tactics.) – Roman Horvath, MW and winery director at Domain Wachau
Think about how you order your wine
“If you do not know which wine to order, tell the summer how to take your morning coffee. Sweetened drip coffee with cream, a double shot of espresso or a cold glass of juice – your choice guides us to choose the best wine for your taste. ” – Dana Beninati, sommelier
Take time to taste
“There is definitely a difference between tasting and drinking. Tasting can be a moment of five seconds or a five minutes, but it basically means giving yourself time and mental space to actually notice what you see, smell and finally taste. Even we in the industry do not do the whole whimsical, sniffing, dizzying business for our entire glass when we go out to eat, just the first few sips. ” – Caroline Conner, wine coach and sommelier
Drink by area or variety (black)
Region – The way I originally got into wine was by drinking myself through the Jura (a region in eastern France). I drank all the things – Ploussard, Trousseau, Chardonnay and all the sparkling expressions. It’s such a fun way to experience terroir.
Assortment – Have a Pinot Noir month where you drink Pinot Noir from around the world; different parts of California, France, Germany, New Zealand. This is great because you get to experience all the typical parts of that grape and see how it expresses itself differently depending on where it is grown. Kristin Olszewski, CEO and sommelier at Nomadic.
Do not try to commit what you love to memory
“Always take a picture of what you drink if you really enjoy the wine. You will always be in the situation where you cannot remember the name of a wine you had at a particular time. By taking a picture of the bottle, you can remember the experiences you had with a particular wine. ” – Hugo bensimon, Wine Director at Grill 23
Beninati concludes with one last reminder: “Drink what you love! Life is too short to do the opposite. Do not be shy about a wine that suits your taste, regardless of price point or food pairing. ”